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    There has been so much negativity going on about the situation; maybe this story will give some people a little more hope...


    On Nov. 18, 1995, Itzhak Perlman, the violinist, came on stage to give a
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    > concert at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.
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    > If you have ever been to a Perlman concert, you know that getting on
    > stage is no small achievement for him. He was stricken with polio as a
    > child, and so he has braces on both legs and walks with the aid of two
    > crutches. To see him walk across the stage one step at a time, painfully
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    > and slowly, is an awesome sight. He walks painfully, yet majestically,
    > until he reaches his chair. Then he sits down, slowly, puts his crutches
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    > on the floor, undoes the clasps on his legs, tucks one foot back and
    > extends the other foot forward. Then he bends down and picks up the
    > violin, puts it under his chin, nods to the conductor and proceeds to
    > play. By now, the audience is used to this ritual. They sit quietly
    > while he makes his way across the stage to his chair. They remain
    > reverently silent while he undoes the clasps on his legs. They wait
    > until he is ready to play.
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    > But this time, something went wrong. Just as he finished the first few
    > bars, one of the strings on his violin broke. You could hear it snap -
    > it went off like gunfire across the room. There was no mistaking what
    > that sound meant. There was no mistaking what he had to do. People who
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    > were there that night thought to themselves: "We figured that he would
    > have to get up, put on the clasps again, pick up the crutches and limp
    > his way off stage - to either find another violin or else find another
    > string for this one."
    >
    > But he didn't. Instead, he waited a moment, closed his eyes and then
    > signaled the conductor to begin again. The orchestra began, and he
    > played from where he had left off. And he played with such passion and
    > such power and such purity as they had never heard before.
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    > Of course, anyone knows that it is impossible to play a symphonic work
    > with just three strings. I know that, and you know that, but that night
    > Itzhak Perlman refused to know that. You could see him modulating,
    > changing, recomposing the piece in his head. At one point, it sounded
    > like he was de-tuning the strings to get new sounds from them that they
    > had never made before. When he finished, there was an awesome silence
    > in the room. And then people rose and cheered. There was an
    > extraordinary outburst of applause from every corner of the auditorium.
    > We were all on our feet, screaming and cheering, doing everything we
    > could to show how much we appreciated what he had done.
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    > He smiled, wiped the sweat from this brow, raised his bow to quiet us,
    > and then he said - not boastfully, but in a quiet, pensive, reverent
    > tone - "You know, sometimes it is the artist's task to find out how much
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    > music you can still make with what you have left."
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    > What a powerful line that is. It has stayed in my mind ever since I
    > heard it. And who knows? Perhaps that is the definition of life - not
    > just for artists but for all of us. Here is a man who has prepared all
    > his life to make music on a violin of four strings, who, all of a
    > sudden, in the middle of a concert, finds himself with only three
    > strings; so he makes music with three strings, and the music he made
    > that night with just three strings was more beautiful, more sacred, more
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    > memorable, than any that he had ever made before, when he had four
    > strings.
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    > So, perhaps our task in this shaky, fast-changing, bewildering world in
    > which we live is to make music, at first with all that we have, and
    > then, when that is no longer possible, to make music with what we have
    > left.

    I'm not ready to completely write these guys off yet.
    Don't bark at me...<b>I</b> didn't name ya.

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    That is a profound statement, and it made the hairs on my arms rise!!!
    VAN HALEN FOREVER!

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    W O N D E R F U L !

    That statement is by far T H E B E S T ,
    M O S T I N T E N S I V I ever read about
    music.

    Itīs not about how bad your life is -
    itīs about how you handle it !

    Thanks a lot to share it with us.

    THANKS !

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    Thst is AMAZING! [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]
    I am awesome

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    That was the best post I have read in 18 months luking this and other sites. I hope the message is forwarded to VH. Keep it up, Abe.

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    Its not what you have, but how you use what you have......

    Very Nice !!

 

 

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