I’m from Iowa. Born there. Grew up there. Studied music there.
I wasn’t a prodigy. I took lessons from the lady down the street. (Her name was Joy Lord.) In high school, I played concertos with several Iowa orchestras. In a big city, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity. I wasn’t playing all of Chopin’s etudes. Nothing like that. Being there gave me a chance, to dream bigger than I was.
What is musical talent? It is an ability to hear and coordinate, certainly. But also it is a capacity to experience. Talent can be a means to dream, unafraid.
We need adolescents(ce) to show us the future.