Tell Your Story
This is a web site for anyone who has a story to tell about a musician-no matter what genre-who had to cross some kind of difficult boundary, whether that boundary was race, religion, culture, family, friend or self, to get to where he or she felt compelled to go musically. The story can be about you, someone you know, or an historical figure.
I would like this page to be a place which inspires everyone-not just musicians-to find the courage they need to pursue what may seem to be a risky or even dangerous path.
Feel free to tell your story on this page or to link to wherever that story can be found.
Thank you Silvia Hartmann for the painting of Lightning Woman
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Paul Wittgenstein (brother of philosopher Ludwig), was a pianist who lost his right arm in World War I. He evolved a method of playing with one hand, which he detailed in a publication called "The School for the Left Hand." You can find exercises and transcriptions from that here: http://imslp.org/wiki/School_for_the_Left_Hand_(Wittgenstein, Paul)
He went on to have a 40-year career performing and teaching. People who saw him perform could not believe he had only one hand.
Here are a few sites that detail his story:
And read about a number of one-handed pianists here:
Finally, here's live footage of Wittgenstein playing Ravel's Concerto for Left Hand in 1933:
Thanks to George Mokray for turning me on to this story. George writes on ecology and other things. Do a search, you'll find a lot of interesting stuff.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh,
And the sudden smell of burning flesh!
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for a tree to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.
For those not acquainted with the history of lynching in America, there's a article here that can shed light on it.