Who Will Play Your Music?

Michael Jones, a gifted pianist, author, speaker and educator tells the story of how he went from being a consultant to a famous pianist. One day someone heard Mr. Jones playing the piano in a Toronto hotel lobby, something he did as a hobby while he traveled. The man approached him and asked Mr. Jones an important question:

The man asked, “Do you work at the hotel?” I said, “Oh, no, no, no. I’m a consultant. I’m busy trying to change the world.” To my disappointment, he didn’t seem at all impressed by that. Then he asked, “How many other people do this kind of consulting work that you do?” I said, “Well, probably 20 or 30, I would guess, in the Toronto area.” And then he looked at me, and at that moment what I most recall about the meeting was how clear and sober his eyes appeared, from how he seemed a few minutes before. He said, “Who’s going to play that music if you don’t play it yourself?”

I felt that question drop in a way that I had not heard a question drop inside of me before. I realized it was a question for which I had no answer. . . Then he stood up, a little uneasy, and steadied himself by putting his hand on my shoulder, and said, “This is your gift — don’t waste it.” Meanwhile I sat on the piano bench, stunned by the question and the sense that it had just changed my life. Who will play my music? I asked myself.

So  – Who will play your “music” if you don’t?   Who will write the book?  Who will paint the picture?  Who will inspire the children?  Who will help the poor?  Who will build the church?  Who will change the lives?  Who will fulfill your destiny if you don’t?

Are there others who can do what you are doing now, while something only you can do remains undone?

Michael Jones concluded that no one would play his music if he didn’t. He overcame his fear, as he tells it, of going broke, being ignored or failing and went on to sell two million copies of his piano recordings.

Follow YOUR dream!

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One thought on “Who Will Play Your Music?

  1. Dear Steve:

    I love your story about Michael Jones. I’m writing, not enough, but I’m doing it, and I really think I must do this writing. No one else can do it for me. And your story just confirms my decision, made over and over again through the years, but at this point, I’m taking action.

    And thanks for the link to Quincy Jones about Michael Jackson. MJ was one weird but BRILLIANT talent, dead too soon, appreciated too late.

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