Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A genuine pearl of the violin world

Graphite on 9x12 paper. Itzhak Perlman, a living legend, the epitome of violin virtuoso, happens to be a polio victim. Talk about what a man can do to compensate a physical incapacitation and become extraordinarily good. It has become a pattern that one has to be broken and can become something big and make a difference; people like Jesus Christ, Beethoven, Helen Keller, Stephen Hawking, and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. Mind can be a very powerful tool if one knows how to use it. Mr. Perlman originally played the theme of the movie, "Schindler's List", "Scent of a Woman" tango, and "Fiddler on the Roof", among many things. He garnered a lot of Grammies, recorded and sold a tons of CDs, appeared on tv shows, concerts and did master classes around the world. Aside from his mentor, Isaac Stern, I've never seen anybody who's as big stature as his in the classical world. That dude walking in crutches is simply a classy guy.