Humans of New York on Music

Here are the Humans of New York music related entries. If you’re a musician  this is something you can relate to.

1.

Humans of New York Horn

photo source: https://www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork

“My horn died recently. The metal wore too thin and it lost its resonance. I feel like a widow. The best horns are handmade, and each one is a little different. I’d been playing it for twenty years. It was with me through my graduate degrees, my first job, all my major competitions, and when I finally got my dream job at the opera. I knew all its deficiencies. I could do so many things with it. I haven’t been able to replace it yet. I’ve had this new horn for seven months. There was an immediate attraction, but the more I play, the more I worry. The mouthpiece doesn’t quite seem to fit. But even if this relationship doesn’t work out, I’m sure there will be another. Hope springs eternal.”

2.

Humans of New York Cello

photo source: https://www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork

“I’ve been trying to get into a full time orchestra for the past 20 years. I’d guess I’ve been to over 200 auditions. It can be pretty heartbreaking. I tried out for the New York Philharmonic four times. One time I prepared three months for the Los Angeles Philharmonic audition, flew all the way across the country, and they cut me off after twelve seconds. But believe or not, I still have a certain amount of optimism about the process. And I think I’m getting better.”

3.

Humans of New York Violin

photo source: http://www.humansofnewyork.com/post/117200038456/schools-have-really-shifted-their-focus-to

“Schools have really shifted their focus to testing, and music has really become more of an extracurricular activity. It’s almost treated like a sport. My class used to last almost an hour. Now it’s down to thirty minutes. By the time the kids get seated and settled, we’re almost out of time. It’s a shame, because music helps to teach focus and discipline. You really have to commit to an instrument to master it. There seems to be more of a ‘popcorn mentality’ among students today. As soon as something gets difficult, they’re onto something else.”

4.

humans of new york julliard

photo source: https://www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork

“I graduated from Juilliard recently, and just earned a trial with the London Symphony.”
“Was there ever a time when you wanted to quit?”
“It was harder when I was younger, and all my friends were outside playing. Back then my Mom really kept me practicing. But then I hit a point where I began to love the instrument, and I really couldn’t imagine my life without it.”
“How did you know when you reached that point?”
“I guess it was the point where I’d learned enough that I realized how much more there was to learn.”

5.

Humans of New York Carnegie Hall

photo source: https://www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork

Normally I have to approach people for quotes. But this kid walked right up to me, held his certificate in the air, and screamed: “I played at Carnegie Hall!”

For more interesting and inspiring stories, click here to visit the website. You may also follow Humans of New York in  Facebook  and Instagram.

 

Posted in Music Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*