Max is finally getting to the point where he likes piano.
That point, to me, is when a kid will go play the piano on their own accord without being asked, and will work on songs because they want them to get better.
That is Max right now and it makes my heart smile.
I attribute this switch in attitude whole-heartedly to Jon Schmidt. Max got assigned to play a song he composed a while back and he's been spellbound by him ever since.
Plus Max found this song and we all love that song around here. It makes me tear up every time I hear how beautiful it is.
I have a special place in my heart for Jon Schmidt because he played at our wedding reception back in 1995 too. They somehow brought a big grand piano into the garden where we held it and he played away all evening.(See us behind him back there?)
Anyway, our piano teacher told us there was a Jon Schmidt concert coming up locally so we jumped on some tickets.It was a little date with our big kids.
Can you believe he can do that upside down? Seriously. Wow.
We got really excited when they played this:
And I wish I had a picture of Max's lit-up face when he played this:
...because that is what Max was playing for his Christmas piano recital:
They pretty much sound the exact same, right? :)
As much as Max loves Jon Schmidt, I had to make him stand in line with me for a picture at the end. And I was pretty huffy about that little fact at first but then realized the picture was more for me than for him. Sure, he loves Jon, but he is a teenager after all. A teenager who's mom takes way too many pictures to begin with.
Thanks for doing that, Max.
And thanks, Jon, for inspiring my son. I'll thank you forever for that.
p.s. the guy who plays the cello was amazing as well...click this link to be inspired by him.
Oh, and check out this link too. They played that song as well...I especially love the end.