SKF NOTE: I was in my home office, Yo-Yo Ma was on tv, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. I wasn’t familiar with Ma or his music. But after a few seconds of only half-listening to the sound he produced on his cello, I left my office to see who was this amazing musician.
That was in the early 1980s. I’ve been a Yo-Yo Ma fan since. In recent years I have especially admired Yo-Yo Ma’s adventures in music; his willingness to travel untested musical roads with uncommon musicians from many different musical genres.
Watching this trailer to Yo-Yo Ma’s Master Class, I loved his view of “human expression vs. human perfection.”
A good lesson, if you ask me, for all musicians. Including drummers.
At one point I had the audacity to think I could play a perfect concert.
I was in the middle of a concert and I realized everything was going perfectly.
And I was bored out of my mind.
That was the moment that I made a fateful decision that I was actually going to devote my life to human expression versus human perfection.
Music connects people. You’re sharing something with others. You’re almost like the scientist for the inner soul.Source: Yo-Yo Ma, Master Class Official Trailer