By Marjorie Young
With the current madness and turmoil pervading our world, many find themselves in dire need of being uplifted; to experience something which will reawaken us to the beauty and possibilities of life. This may come in myriad forms, serving as a reminder that cause for wonder and gratitude is all around us and abounds.
These reflections began recently upon viewing an audition on ‘America’s Got Talent’ by a thirteen-year-old girl named Laura Bretan. She was lovely, sweet, and very shy, but when she opened her mouth to sing…pure glory was delivered in the form of an operatic aria, no less! Both audience and judges were slack-jawed and were on their feet well before her performance ended. How could a child possess such a mature, astonishing gift? I watched her again and again, and each time was thrilled and moved to tears.
Only a few days later, I saw yet another child genius on ’60 Minutes’…a jazz piano phenomenon…a twelve-year-old from Bali, of all places! His brilliance has already attracted some of the greatest jazz musicians as mentors, and Joey Alexander is already performing in New York to sold-out audiences.More ›