HOW ONE CONCERT CHANGED MY LIFE
My hubby and I were at an intimate show in a yurt in the small village of Enterprise. The music rocked but what I could not get out of my head was the story the artist shared. Juno award “loser” Peter Katz (his words, he lost the Juno to Feist) recalled for us how he was introduced to Canadian violinist Oliver Schroer on a road trip while listening to CBC radio and it changed his life.
Now, Oliver is changing mine. I hope you take the time to dig this guy, because even from the other side, he just may change yours.
This violinist who sported a powerful red goatee and some unusual haircuts, composed not only rigs and jeels but music that was close to God. His music will make you cry, but that is not what moved me to write this piece. That is not what is changing my life.
PLAY FULL ON
You will listen to his story about how his CD “Camino” was recorded over two months in 2004, as he and two friends walked the Camino de Santiago, an ancient trail that wanders across France and Spain.
He stopped in 25 churches along the way to play and record his violin on this musical pilgrimage. As you listen to his music, even if you don’t particularly love the violin, you will be moved as I was moved.
Now, lean in. Listen carefully. There’s more. He shared that didn't know if he would get kicked out of these churches when he began playing and recording, so he decided to play full on; no warming up. It looks like he also lived his life that way.
FIRE IT ALL UP
I began to wonder what my life would look like if I played from the middle, the crescendo, not the beginning or the end? I might stop making excuses to play my piece because you never know when you might get kicked out of the church.
As the story goes, when Oliver was told that his leukemia was terminal, rather than panic, he found himself at peace. He realized that he did not need to change anything; that he was doing exactly what he wanted to be doing with his life. “I’m one of the burning bright lights who fires it all up and then go down in flames.” This man walked his talk.
How might your life be even better if you were “firing it all up?” What else might be possible if you were doing even more of exactly what you wanted to do with your life? My God, the night sky would be filled with all of our burning bright lights. Skip the warm up. What are you waiting for?
Let me help you fire it up, live from the crescendo whether it is in your life or your business.
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