I have listened to this countless times – this duet from Paris, in a train station, on the piano, (found on YouTube courtesy Viralhog). It symbolizes so many things to me! Ideas and analogies of deeper lessons pile up with each additional listen.
This piece reaches down deep into my soul and pulls something out.
I hear the beauty of two artists coming together.
The two create their own form of communication to create beautiful music, but mostly it’s absolute FLOW.
They use the entire keyboard – all the notes – and all forms of speed and strength.
I witness the ease at which it is done – and they are strangers – never having met – and given some unforeseen “discovery” to join them together and put them on tour – they probably will never see each other again.
Do you have people like that in your life? People who came in, helped excavate the hidden treasure that you had and helped you to shine? and as quickly as they came in, they left?
When I watch this, I see how pianist #2 initially observes and waits for the optimum time to join in – and how pianist #1 doesn’t miss a beat .. he just keeps going. I observe how pianist #1 seems shy yet focused and comfortable enough to play in a train station!
At one point pianist #2 seems to “take over” … pianist #1 stops, observes, strategizes and then joins in. It is so natural.
I see Allowing demonstrated. Allowing the other to add to the music, the creation.
That allowing resulted in the creation of something far more beautiful than if there had been resistance or just one individual playing.
I see how sometimes each pianist uses just one hand, then two. Sometimes it requires us holding back – just a little and for a short time – so not only can someone else shine, but ultimately it adds strength to the end result or product. Then at the perfect time, join back in to amplify the beauty of the creation.
Where in your life have you needed to do that yet didn’t? You just could not let go? You needed to be “all in” all the time? I think being all in sometimes means half stepping back so someone else can contribute more.
There are many more nuances of what I call Noticings here.
What do you see when you look beyond the surface? Share in your comments please.
- Gerard Pla Daró is pianist #1
- Zaouche Nassim is pianist #2