George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel said “We might affirm that practically nothing great on earth continues to be accomplished without passion.”
While I’m everything about the brass tacks of economic, getting things done and many types of things practical you can that part of me that basically appreciates everything fluffy stuff….you understand cool stories about passion and also the impossible…dare I have faith that “heart-warming”!
Here’s a awesome story which fits into that bucket…it is more about passion, it is more about having blind faith, experienceing the impossible as well as a great demonstration of what are the results in the absence of limiting beliefs.
Art Tatum was an amazing jazz pianist…the most effective on earth…and his story rocks !.
Robert Cooper writes about Art in their sweet book One Other 90% and that is where I heard this tale.
In 1909 Art came to be partially blind. As a young boy he went completely blind in a single eye and can barely see out of your other…there exists a rumour that has been because of a severe beating…no matter what cause poor young Art was off to a tough start.
Music quickly became a love for Art. He loved music and his absolute favourite was the piano.
With no money for lessons however with a burning should learn how to play the piano Art would get somebody to walk him with a local bar…maybe they called them saloons back then.
Amidst the smoke and also the booze our buddy Art would wallow in it on the player piano (one particular self-playing pianos which had a roll of paper with all the current key strokes imprinted about it).
Art would wallow in it for hours on the keyboard moving his fingers up and down trying to keep up and learn these piano tunes.
The keys moved so quickly with some of those old jazz tunes who’s seemed nearly impossible but Art just went ahead and learned to try out.
The cool part is the fact that Art did not know those tunes were recorded using 2 pianists….that’s 4 hands folks! And merely in reality…Art work only had 2 hands.
So our buddy Art had become the first person ever to try out 4 hand piano music with 2 hands that is really cool.
Before Art made it viable any piano teacher would’ve “known” that playing 4 hand music with 2 hands was impossible. If Art had taken formal piano lessons he’d discovered exactly about where these limits were..what was possible along with what was impossible for him.
Because Art was clueless that it couldn’t be practiced he just went and achieved it fuelled by their own passion for the songs.
He didn’t simply do the impossible he became a legend.
Fellow jazz legend Fats Waller summarized Art’s abilities for an audience one evening having a simple phrase “tonight, God is within the house.”
Clint Ussher, a Church in Christchurch 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?