I got this book from the library to read for a book club. At first I was impatient with the author's style of writing (too poetically personal?). ThenI got this book from the library to read for a book club. At first I was impatient with the author's style of writing (too poetically personal?). Then I thought, it's good stuff, but it's stuff I already know, like, for example, gratitude equals happiness. But then as I continued to read I found myself marking passages (in pencil, of course, because it was a library book after all) and discovering little nuggets of wisdom that, yes, I already knew, but that were put in quite a profound way. I ended up ordering my own copy of the book so I can mark it up even more. I don't agree with every single thing in the book, but it really is beautifully written and touches on truths that are good to be reminded of....more
This book was part biography, part philosophy, not only about music, but about what it means to be a "noble soul" and how music contributes to that goThis book was part biography, part philosophy, not only about music, but about what it means to be a "noble soul" and how music contributes to that goal. One of Suzuki's philosophies is that one should associate with great and noble people. He did that by choosing teachers carefully and by the books he read (Tolstoy) and the music he listened to (Mozart). He even formed a good friendship with Einstein.
I felt that by reading this book I, too, was associating with someone great. He talks about haikus in the book, so just for fun I wrote a couple of them to describe how I felt about the book.
Time spent with great minds love in music and pages of the books I read.
Music is a light ever shining in darkness, a hope to the blind.
The second haiku is about how Suzuki taught a blind child to play the violin.
As a biography the book jumps around and is not complete. I don't agree with every bit of his philosophy(such as that every child has exactly the same amount of ability and everything he achieves depends on his environment) but there was plenty I gleaned from his ideas. I think it will help me be a better music teacher and maybe even a better violin player!
This book came from my mother's shelf and is full of her markings, so that made it especially meaningful. I've had it on my list for years!...more