Only One Rachmaninoff

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Only One Rachmaninoff

He’ll never be Rachmaninoff
the piano-loving child 
overheard
his parent utter

and though the child had
never heard of Rachmaninoff
a message was received—
music lessons met their end, and

the piano-loving child
lost his opportunity
to show the world
who he could be

by Lori Lipsky
photo credit:istockphoto/Marc Fischer

21 thoughts on “Only One Rachmaninoff

  1. Our words truly do have the power of life and death. Sobering, Lori, and yet also encouraging–we can breathe/speak life into youngsters! Well done, well said. Your words often move me to action.

  2. I’m sure I was guilty of this, in the interests of not letting my children get ‘big heads’. Parenting is hard work. Thankfully poets give us gentle messages and warnings.

  3. This immediately brought to my mind (and emotions) a similar incident in my own life. Well said, Lori–our words as parents can either lift our children to impossible heights, or crush dreams. Sobering, isn’t it? This is an important message. Well done!

  4. That made me sad. I only had one year of piano lessons and the teacher told my mom it wasn’t worth the money to have me continue because I talked more than I played. I was still learning and I remember I liked it (not so much practicing for 30 minutes). Sometimes I wonder how that could have changed so many things – there is so much math and logic and right and left brain work that is done by playing piano! Maybe then I would understand music theory and be a better guitar player than I am now. No, not going to be Rachmaninoff, or Bach, or Beethoven.

    • Too bad the teacher was unable to channel your talking energy into playing. You just had the wrong teacher. Hey, did you know it’s not too late? Plenty of adults start back with piano, and recent studies prove many benefits as a result.

      If you don’t have time/money now then keep it in mind down the road. I am glad you had that one year. One year is so much better than none. Thanks, Susan. 🙂

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