Fun Fridays – September 7, 2018

Today you can enjoy the sheer brilliance of one of the world’s top cellists, Yo Yo Ma. This twelve-minute miniconcert has him playing three short Bach solo pieces. He also talks briefly between his playing.

Note his tale of learning the first piece when he was four years old. One measure at a time. What a lesson for every writer. As Bob wrote last Wednesday, we need to be wary of “hurry sickness.”

As our agency’s motto says, “To help change the world word by word.” One word at a time.


9 Responses to Fun Fridays – September 7, 2018

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    Tisha Martin September 7, 2018 at 10:05 am #

    Steve, I like what he said, “It’s not painful if you do it incrementally.” One day at a time, one line at a time, one page at a time. Soon, you’ve gotten to the end. Setting those little goals is super refreshing. Thanks for sharing this delightful Fun Friday!

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    Kay DiBianca September 7, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

    What a lovely way to head into the weekend. Thank you!

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    Meg MacDonald September 8, 2018 at 6:33 am #

    What really struck me was the idea that all of life’s experiences are reflected in the performance. We bring to our work everything that we are and everything that we have learned over time. Each “performance”—each time we put pen to page—it will be influenced by our circumstances. Life lessons, stages, joys (marriage), and sorrow (death).

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    Michele Morin September 8, 2018 at 8:20 am #

    Thank you!
    (And I wonder who gets to dust those book cases . . .?)

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    Roberta Sarver September 8, 2018 at 9:23 am #

    Wow, what a performance! Thanks for sharing it with us. Yo-Yo Ma makes it look so easy. But I’ve tried stringed instruments and they’re NOT so easy. Like most other things, it becomes second nature when you do the same thing over and over. Hmmm-sounds suspiciously like writing.

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    Sister Georjean September 8, 2018 at 10:09 am #


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    Tiffany Price September 8, 2018 at 5:05 pm #

    Incredible talent! I love what he says about learning in increments. What an excellent connection to your agency’s inspiring motto, thanks for sharing. I could listen to this all weekend!

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    Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D September 9, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

    Amazing. The thing that kills me is that, when I was a student at the University of Maryland College Park a few years back, we had the chance to see Yo-Yo Ma in concert for $5. I said, “Who?” Groan….

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    Carolyn September 9, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this! It’s amazing what we can learn and do incrementally, watching it turn into a beautiful peice.

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