The transformative power of classical music

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If you have 20 minutes, this is a wonderful TED talk by Benjamin Zander. Benjamin is funny and enlightening. And the last 5 minutes are really good.

“Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.”

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“Now, I had an amazing experience. I was 45 years old. I’d been conducting for 20 years. And I suddenly had a realization: The conductor of an orchestra doesn’t make a sound. … He depends for his power on his ability to make other people powerful.

And that changed everything for me. It was totally life changing.

People in my orchestra came up to me and said, “Ben, what happened?”

That’s what happened.

I realized my job was to awaken possibility in other people.

And, of course, I wanted to know if I was doing that. And you know how you find out?

You look at their eyes. If their eyes are shining, you know you’re doing it. … If the eyes are not shining, you get to ask a question, and this is the question:

“Who am I being that my player’s eyes are not shining?”

We can do that with our children, too. Who am I being, that my children’s eyes are not shining?

That’s a totally different world.”

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