While driving upstate New York today, I put a cd on of Ignaz Friedman, and another of various legendary pianists playing what they played best. It was awesome–the sheer magic of their pianism and the liberties they took in phrasing was so refreshing. What it reminded me most was that we are living in a world which is so troubled, and freedom is restrained–however troubled the world was during these pianists’ lifetimes, as a whole, artists had complete freedom–and the media was not as ‘in-your-face’ as it is today. It was a wonderful escape to drive and listen to beautiful music–a missed note here and there–it didn’t matter. The subtlety and freedom was something wonderful to embrace.

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