Christian Long

Eric Lewis: Strikes Chords to Rock the Jazz World

In TED Talks on April 12, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Reflection by DANIELLA W.

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Eric Lewis:  Strikes Chords to Rock the Jazz World

This video has really given me a second look on performing and the arts.

In the beginning I thought it was a little different and really didn’t know what to expect. As I realize okay he’s just playing the piano. I thought he would just have amazing talent and that was it. I never thought it would affect me personally.

People do millions of speeches to different groups of people to try to move them. Eric Lewis said absolutely nothing during the whole video and inspired me by simply transferring what was inside him on to the piano and made music. From every head nod, and facial feature you could see and feel the emotion. He didn’t have to say anything you understood him just by his facial features. The squinting of the eyes and wrinkled face of pain, tells you exactly what he was feeling.

Nothing tells you more that it’s going to be okay than his visual exhale.

With help from this video I’ve learned to admire the freedom of imagination you get when listening to good music. It’s not someone talking like most performers and telling you their specific story. With the piano you can perceive different stories and alter them to feel more personal to you. This has inspired my own change of performance.

As a performer, we tend to forget about what started the art and just focus on tasks that win us competitions. Whether it be music, art, dance, poetry, it all started with the emotion, and feeling.

Mr. Lewis brought me back to not only owning the art but getting the pure reason on why you perform and that’s emotion. This video to me just screams emotion. this video can also inspire those not in the arts. To see that much passion and soul into something, should inspire anyone to be the best at what ever they do. You can see that he gives himself to every key, every measure and beat of his music.

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