When the houselights dimmed and the concert was about
to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that the child
was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the
impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy
sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out "Twinkle, Twinkle Little
At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly
moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy's ear, "Don't quit. Keep
playing." Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand
and began filling in a bass part.
Soon his right arm reached around to
the other side of the child and he added a running obbligato. Together,
the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation
into a wonderfully creative experience. And the audience was mesmerized.
Whatever our situation in life and history ~ however outrageous, however desperate, whatever dry spell of the spirit, whatever dark night of the soul ~ God is whispering deep within our beings,
"Don't quit. Keep playing. You are not alone, Together we will transform the broken patterns into a masterwork of my creative art. Together, we will mesmerize the world with our song of peace.
© E. Elliot 1997
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Biography on Paderewski
Song "Twinkle Twinkle"
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