Thu 8 Sep 2011
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HELL YES!!! Jon Schmidt is on YOUTUBE!!!!
Jon Schmidt motivated me to learn the piano in an application I never truly thought was possible. His music and his motivation pushed me hard enough to create my own song to perform at my college graduation ceremony.
I was one of three. The other two were musicians capable in both song and voice…one being a professional musical artist in a group with her two amazing sisters and the other was just plain..intimidating…
Here I was…up against a professional and someone capable of playing the piano 5 times better than me…AND able to sing…I just had sometime between classes and liked to jam…but when I saw the audition for the baccaluurate ceremony…I knew I had to try.
I had just gotten back from a WeedMan sales call and had nearly forgotten the audition. *buzz* The ringer on my cell phone reminded me and I reacted without thought. Proceed to Weiss Music hall…play my song through twice…and run over to ATS for the audition.
I remember walking into the building…understanding my destination but unsure of what to say when I got to the ivory. (piano) As I walked in, the student governing body sat talking and it was literally ‘go ahead and play’… Was it really that simple…?
“Don’t you have any sheet music” asked one of the council members.
“Nope. I know the song.” was my reply because I had practiced so many times. Hundreds of sessions in a room where all I did was think. How has my life changed? How do I reflect what I have become? When I think about what has lead me to where I am, what led me there. My song represented an adventure and every riff was a literal transformation of my self into music.
I never flinched.
When you have practiced. When you have strived to undestand. When you have fought to become and when you have begun to implement. No strategy can stop you.
I was just some bored chump with a knee injury in the United Kingdom at the age of 18…bored out of my mind because I was bedridden and exhiled by the ‘good old boys’ because I actually had a factual basis for why America ‘really did win the war in Vietnam’ for those Brits still angry about something having to do with us going gorrila warfare on them during a war that was meant to have rules…and tea breaks of course… (Georgie…attacking on Christmas!!! BRILLIANT!)
/me continues journey
What to say?
The rapidness and deliberate nature of his movements on the ivory are beyond concept,
They deliver beyond what is taught, what is often open,
They bring things to a new level,
When you start to bring your elbows and head into the piano game,
You know you are jamming
Seek to jam…on all levels…