Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Most people go to their graves with their music still inside them.” Xavier Rudd is not most people. I had the privilege of hearing the music come out of him last November. I was in awe. I watched him as he orchestrated various combinations of singing, playing drums, playing harmonica, playing multiple didgeridoos and more. It was moving. It was inspiring. I started to think that we all have something inside us that we need to let out. I wondered if just being witness to this man letting out his music might be the equivalent of me letting out a little of mine.
Check out this video and you will see what I mean.
A while back, I heard a radio interview with an author (whose name and book title I wish I could remember). According to him, one of the most important things we can do as parents is help our kids identify their talents and passions. If we can help our kids to recognize the natural skills they have, we can help them see possible life paths. Certain interests and skills could lead them to fulfilling careers while others might lead them to hobbies that enrich their lives. This makes sense and follows my philosophy of using a child’s interests to create learning opportunities.
Watching Xavier Rudd perform brought this idea to the forefront of my mind. Here is a person who has used his talents and followed his passions. In doing so, I believe he has inspired many others to do the same. There is first the idea that this man was born wildly talented, that there is something magical about his abilities, that what we are witnessing is an uncommon existence which is out of reach for the rest of us. But further contemplation leads me to the idea that we all have “music” inside us. Ours may exist as music or as something else. Whatever your “music” is, perhaps letting it out would have the same effect on the world as Xavier’s music does. He has chosen to let his out (and work really hard to make it something amazing) and we often have not.
Passion is contagious. We must follow it blindly and encourage our children to do the same. Imagine the world we would experience if everyone did. There would be countless examples of moments like this…
What will you do to let your music out? How will you help your child let out his?
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