George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel said “We may affirm that absolutely nothing great on the globe may be accomplished without passion.”
While I’m everything brass tacks of economic, getting things done and things practical you can that portion of me that truly appreciates all of that fluffy stuff….you know cool stories about passion and also the impossible…dare I say “heart-warming”!
Here’s a great story that suits into that bucket…it’s about passion, it’s about having blind faith, experienceing this impossible plus a great instance of what happens without limiting beliefs.
Art Tatum was an incredible jazz pianist…among the best on the globe…and his story is awesome.
Robert Cooper writes about Art in the sweet book The Other 90% and that is where I heard this tale.
In 1909 Art was created partially blind. As being a young boy he went completely blind in one eye and can barely see out of the other…there’s a rumour that has been on account of a serious beating…no matter what cause poor young Art was off to a tough start.
Music quickly became a love for Art. He loved music and his absolute favourite was the piano.
Without any money for lessons but a burning have to learn how to play the piano Art would ask somebody to walk him to some local bar…maybe they called them saloons in the past.
Amidst the smoke and also the booze our buddy Art would wallow in it in the player piano (one of those self-playing pianos that have a roll of paper with all the current key strokes imprinted about it).
Art would wallow in it for a long time in the keyboard moving his fingers around trying to keep up and learn these piano tunes.
The keys moved so fast with among those old jazz tunes it seemed almost impossible but Art just went ahead and learned to experience.
The cool part is the fact that Art did not know those tunes were recorded using 2 pianists….that’s 4 hands folks! And simply in reality…Fine art only had 2 hands.
So our buddy Art had become the first person ever to experience 4 hand piano music with 2 hands which can be pretty cool.
Before Art made it feasible any piano teacher might have “known” that playing 4 hand music with 2 hands was impossible. And if Art had formal piano lessons he’d find exactly about where these limits were..the thing that was possible and just what was impossible for him.
Because Art was clueless that it couldn’t be done he just went and achieved it fuelled by their own passion for the music activity.
He didn’t function the impossible he became a legend.
Fellow jazz legend Fats Waller summed up Art’s abilities with an audience one evening which has a simple phrase “tonight, God is incorporated in the house.”
Clint Ussher, a Christchurch Church Pastor at The Well wrote this to remind us that the limitations set upon us have been set by others, not by our own ability or passion to succeed. So next time you think you cant do something, just ask yourself this simple question. Said Who?