Sharing Thanks for music lessons in Ethan Hawke's heartfelt documentary, "Seymour:an introduction"

I am so grateful to the 92nd Street Y for showcasing "Seymour: and introduction" in their reel pieces screening and talks. Seymour is about retired concert pianist Seymour Bernstein, who continues teaching lessons to students and master classes at NYU's Tisch school for the arts. I got to share this amazing experience with my good friend and musician Liz. The piano score in the movie is breathtaking. The film documents the emotional experience that music offers to us all. Ethan Hawke's direction to tell Seymour's story and impart his wisdom about how practicing a talent carries over to the discipline and values we hold dear in our personal lives. Below are 4 lessons I learned in watching this brilliant portrait of an artist.

  1. Finding and practicing your talent is part of the purpose of your life.
  2. Excellence comes from much practice and study. When we listen to an artist perform we need to appreciate the practice and courage that has been done to get a flawless emotional performance.
  3. There is honor in leading a simple life where you use your talent to coach emerging artists.
  4. Teaching can be done in a patient and supportive manner, yet still strive for excellence.
The movie opens in New York March 13 at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and the IFC center. Enjoy this beautiful film and meeting the sharpest 88 year old I have ever encountered.


  1. Thank you for the reminder to be thankful. :) Be blessed.

  2. This sounds like a great film. I love inspirational stories that make me think. I am grateful that I am able to practice and work on my writing, after years of working so hard at my job that there was no time life. My time feels like a gift.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing the lessons you learned! I can agree with each one of them when it comes to seeing individuals perform their talents.

  4. It's a great habit to get into! Today I am thankful that I was able to get a lot of work done!

  5. l love this. Great reminder to take the time to hone in on and nuture your natural talent.

  6. I think expressing gratitude is such a great way to find balance, boost our moods, and show others how much they mean to us. I am grateful to live in a civilized society with police, fire depts, courageous soldiers, EMTS, medical personnel, volunteers, and others who risk their lives to save the lives of others. With the explosion that happened in NYC today, I felt such an appreciation for the FDNY and other emergency personnel who rushed to help. Thanks for your post (and the Ethan Hawke photos lol).

  7. Great topic! Thanks for sharing!


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