Cool Stuff

"The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby, performed by William Gerdes on July 20, 2019 at the Covered Bridge Creamery in Long Grove, Illinois. This was part of the Lake Cook Piano Studio Summer Concert Series. Whew man, it was HOT! I sweat almost as much as I played. 😅 But I love the sound of the country blues- it's always fun to play this song!  

Etude in E Major, No. 3, Opus 10 (meaning "track 3" of the 10th "album" or compilation) by Frédéric Chopin was performed by William Gerdes on July 20, 2019 as part of the Lake Cook Piano Studio Summer Concert Series held at the Covered Bridge Creamery. I also want to thank my daughter and videographer, Audra for her "60s" style, "psychedelic," cinematogrophy!

Chopin was to have said about this piece: "In all my life I have never again been able to find such a beautiful melody." Gorgeous and yearning in the 1st and 3rd sections and extremely powerful in the 2nd, the cantabile melody balanced by the rapid steam of two-handed 6ths make this piece technically challenging and exhilarating to play! Chopin, born in Poland, reportedly began to weep during a lesson with his pupil and cried out "Oh, my homeland!." Can you hear Chopin's longing for his native Poland?

I filmed all the lightning you see in this video and edited it to this befitting piece by Ludwig van Beethoven. Although it took a lot of editing to make this video, there were also many short lightning segments that just "fell into place" naturally with the music and needed little or no editing. It revealed to me how rhythmic nature is and how nature no doubt influences humans in their composition and performance of music.

Talk about focus! WARNING: Turn down the volume! 


Here is a great example of the level of concentration or better yet CONNECTION a musician needs to have with their music. While playing live in Paris, a huge theater light explodes during Valentina Lisitsa's performance of Beethoven's "Tempest Sonata" (Sonata Op. 31 No.2 D Minor). This occurs at about minute 10:52. 


You can see her body jerk to the explosion via the "reflex arc" which is our ability to retract from danger without the message even needing to go all the way to the brain. 


However, the message soon slams into the brain, our consciousness and says, "Wow, that was loud!!” This can easily distract a performer. Except, Valentina’s brain was connecting deeply to the music and because of that focus and connection, she played unwavered by the BOOM!