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.
- Finding and practicing your talent is part of the purpose of your life.
- 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.
- There is honor in leading a simple life where you use your talent to coach emerging artists.
- Teaching can be done in a patient and supportive manner, yet still strive for excellence.