If you have a spare 12 minutes this morning, I really suggest you press play on this video and start your day off with a massive dose of inspiration.
This video tells the story of Alice Hertz-Sommer, the oldest living pianist… and the oldest living Holocaust survivor. Not only did her piano playing save her life during World War II, but it has continued to be a source of joy, of healing, of love and of inspiration in her life and to all those who know her.
So the next time you are annoyed, frustrated, uninspired or just plain tired, remember this video and consider the fact that you too could be influencing the next 109 year old pianist. (And that’s no joke… over half of the children born after the year 2000 are expected to live beyond the age of 100.) The effect we are having on our piano students can be mind-bogglingly long-lasting.
My favourite quote taken from the documentary on this wonderful woman is “I have lived through many wars and have lost everything many times — including my husband, my mother and my beloved son, yet, life is beautiful, and I have so much to learn and enjoy. I have no space nor time for pessimism and hate.” It is beautifully clear that a life full of piano music contributed to her admirable outlook.
We too have a life full of piano – can we say the same? It’s worth a good thought and one I will take with me forever after “meeting” Alice.