“Everybody has a creative potential and from the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world.”
… Paulo Coelho
The Koln Concert by Ryan Neal
I’m a huge music fan. Jazz is one of my favorite music genres and Keith Jarrett is one of the more influential piano players of the last 50 years
The Koln Concert – I heard a story the other day that tells when Keith Jarrett was on tour back in the 70’s in Europe and went to Copenhagen to play a sold-out concert.
He showed up at the concert to find that that young concert promoter had rented a small, out of tune piano that had sticky keys and pedals that didn’t work.
Keith refused to play a concert initially and only after hours of convincing did he relent and agreed to perform on the piano in front of hundreds of people.
Keith would later describe the Koln concert has one of the most challenging performances of his career.
All of these adversities and frustrations helped Keith create music that no one had ever heard before, not even himself.
Reflecting back on this concert, Keith typically says in interviews that the amazing quality of the music came from not having the core elements of his preparation.
But he also talks about the fact that being out of his element and facing challenges that he had never seen before forced him to recognize the potential of the situation and trust in himself.
That unique spectacular crossroad created the Koln concert.
This goal is the result of the unique learning which showed him the value of adversity unlocking potential.
The potential of what is in you, is why you are.
It all depends on what you do with what you have…