There are many types of passion in this world but one that always inspires me is the people who go about their business day in day out, quietly doing what they know is right. The person who loves to write and so commits to write a newsletter every month. When you ask them how long they have been doing the calmly say twenty years. Their passion is not restricted to bursts of genius but a steady heart that never wavers. There are people that i have known and worked with that understand that people living on the streets are just as hungry when it rains as when the sun is shining. Their passion saw through the weather forecast to something more than being warm and dry.

What does this have to do with music – not a lot, but the passion is the same.

I have known some musicians who will never be famous, as in the record sales and concert tours famous, but their memory will live in the many lives that their music has touched.

I remember a movie called Mr. Holland’s Opus. Mr. Holland wanted to be a composer but he started teaching to pay the bills. At the end of the movie he completes his Opus but the crowning moment comes when it is played by his former students. It is only then that he realises the impact of his love of music and his love of his students. it was a great moment but also sad that it took him so long to realise it.

I know that i will probably never be famous but my hope is that when i pass away that i will have inspired some people enough that they will miss me.

Below is the performance at the end of the movie. the beginning is a bit grainy but if you persist it is worth it.

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