Thursday, April 05, 2018

Itzhak Perlman on Easy and Hard

What happens when you're playing violin and a string snaps mid piece? If you're Kristine Balanas you handle the incident like it happens all the time:

If you're Stevie Ray Vaughan you don't even miss a beat:

But the ultimate story of playing with a snapped violin string involves Itzhak Perlman. The story is almost certainly false. However, researching this story will take you to this Sesame Street clip:

Man, that clip is powerful. It speaks volumes on ability, disability and the relative nature of these terms. It also hints at the flaw of labeling individuals strictly one or the other. Ultimately, it's a simple message we can't be exposed to enough.

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