a blog by Max Trombly

Month: May, 2013

The joy of life

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

The piano.

There are very few instruments that can convey the depth of emotion that a piano can convey. I feel like it has a lot to do with two hands being able to separately contribute to the overall piece being played. Two melodies, from the same person. This is what makes a piano special. A great pianist is an incredible linguist in the language of melody. I used to play the piano as a younger boy. I hope to someday return to learning to play on one.

In the meantime, I’ve been really digging Chilly Gonzales recently. Here’s a video of him playing the song Othello from his most recent album, Solo Piano II

Chilly Gonzales – Othello