George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel said “We might affirm that almost nothing great on the planet has been accomplished without passion.”
While I’m by pointing out brass tacks of economic, getting things done and things practical you can that portion of me that basically appreciates everything fluffy stuff….you understand cool stories about passion as well as the impossible…dare I believe that “heart-warming”!
Is really a fantastic story which fits into that bucket…it’s really down to passion, it’s really down to having blind faith, experienceing the impossible plus a great instance of how are you affected in the absence of limiting beliefs.
Art Tatum was a fantastic jazz pianist…one of the best on the planet…and the story rocks !.
Robert Cooper covers Art as part of his sweet book The Opposite 90% and that is where I heard this tale.
In 1909 Art was given birth to partially blind. As a son he went completely blind a single eye and can barely see out from the other…there exists a rumour that has been on account of a serious beating…regardless of the cause poor young Art was on a rough start.
Music quickly became a love for Art. He loved music and the absolute favourite was the piano.
Without having money for lessons though a burning have to learn to play the the piano Art would get someone to walk him to some local bar…maybe they called them saloons in the past.
Amidst the smoke as well as the booze our buddy Art would sit there in the player piano (one of those self-playing pianos which had a roll of paper because of the key strokes imprinted into it).
Art would sit there all night in the keyboard moving his fingers down and up trying to keep up and learn these piano tunes.
The keys moved so quick with some of the people old jazz tunes which it seemed nearly impossible but Art just went ahead and learned to play.
The cool part is always that Art couldn’t know that people tunes were recorded using 2 pianists….that’s 4 hands folks! And just in reality…Art work only had 2 hands.
So our buddy Art took over as the first person ever to play 4 hand piano music with 2 hands which can be pretty darn cool.
Before Art made it possible any piano teacher could have “known” that playing 4 hand music with 2 hands was impossible. And when Art procured formal piano lessons however find all about where these limits were..the thing that was possible and what was impossible for him.
Because Art had no idea it couldn’t be performed he just went and achieved it fuelled by their own desire for the music.
He didn’t simply do the impossible he became a legend.
Fellow jazz legend Fats Waller summed up Art’s abilities with an audience one evening using a simple phrase “tonight, God is incorporated in the house.”
Clint Ussher, a Christchurch Church Pastor at The Well wrote this to remind us that the limitations set upon us have been set by others, not by our own ability or passion to succeed. So next time you think you cant do something, just ask yourself this simple question. Said Who?