I work with some absolutely phenomenal people on a daily and weekly basis. I am a professional pianist. One of my jobs, is to play for undergraduate voice majors during their weekly lessons and performances. One of the professors I work with was taught by voice teacher Thom Houser.
That professor, my good friend Sue, sent out this poem when Thom died a while ago. I spoke to me, and I saved it.
This is what Sue said when she sent the poem:
Thom loved this poem. He devoted his life to helping us
“be more ourselves…”
Is this not what a great teacher does?…help us to find more of who we truly are, deep inside.
There is true joy in each of us if we stop enough to hear it sing.
(photo credits for blooming crabapple gallery: quirkyjazz)(JillHasker)
The Wild Cherry Tree
Why does the wild cherry tree
on the Hudson
So the green
of the elm is greener than
when it stands alone,
are one of those
who make others
more what they
Of those who draw them to the extreme verge,
that is what
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”