The two recent movies about music-making and striving to achieve greatness.
Drive and ambition, competitive spirit – more than anything else with yourself
Left ambiguous – what is the cost to his social world, and ultimately to his own mental health, as he pushes away and alienates the people closest to him? – the face of fear from his dad watching him as he pushes himself (beyond his conceivable limits) and finally achieves “greatness” carries its own grim message.
Contrast that with the Seymour movie:
I was touched by this contentment and his quiet message. He is nourished by music’s own intrinsic benefits
His student .
Learning to listen with such precision “-and love” Seymour interrupts, “learning to listen to yourself makes you able to listen to other people”
I would be very proud if at the end of the day, my students can glean from the musical message something that would add to their compassion and humanity. At the end of the day, what are our true goals?
My mind goes back to my lessons in her home and at the Royal Conservatory, Marina Geringas.
a modest home in a quiet neighbourhood. It was crammed with books, recordings, artwork. I had the feeling that the riches of the world resided there (and I was hungry for every bit of inspiration).
I still recollect daily her words of encouragement, wisdom, and inspiration.
Disciplined, focused, centred. A life that stares inward and draws nourishment from itself.
(She was the most important person that I met in my life.)
I have studied with other mentors, and many of them were wonderful, but she remains my ideal.
Pictures of me and Marina – in Italy – at my solo recital -
She held the key to unlock a world where I desperately wanted to belong.
© Andrea Botticelli 2020