Wednesday, October 01, 2008

You tried your best, and you failed miserably. So the lesson is...never try.

I've been taking piano lessons for about 9 months now, and I tell you what...the level that I want to play at might be a little bit loftier than I once imagined. To give you an example, the video below is of one of my very favorite classical piano pieces, and I want to be able to play it as well as this guy plays it.

I want to be able to play this song so extremely and horribly badly that it hurts me to think that it's going to take me 5-10 years before I'm able to get anywhere near to that level. So, inspite of myself, sometimes I wonder, as I'm struggling through songs that kids half my age are playing with ease, if it's all worth it. Then I just listen to Rachmaninov whisper into my ear through the power of that song once again, and it gives me new found inspiration and gusto.

One complaint I do have though, why is it that most classical pieces aren't given real names? It seems like in order to identify a classical piece, you have to know the dewey decimal system or something. For example, the song above is called Prelude Op.23 No.5 in G Minor. What the heck does that mean? I'm sure there's a very good reason why they're named like they are, but I think Beethoven got it right. Moonlight Sonata...Fur Elise, everyone knows these names. You tell people "I want to play Rachmaninov's Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G Minor" and unless they are real classical music buffs, they'd probably just stare at you. But hopefully someday I'll be saying "I'm now going to play Rachmaninov's Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G Minor." On that day, I hope to be able to make this song as unforgettable for someone else as it is for me.


  1. Come on, everyone knows Rachmaninov's Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 is WAY better than Rachmaninov's Prelude Op. 23 No. 5.

  2. Keep it up boy!! you're an inspiration to all. You have nothing to lose by continuing your practice and everything to gain. Just make sure we are all there when you perform this Masterpiece at you "I've made it" moment.


  3. Thanks Luke, that means a lot to me.