The Practiced Life

Short story. Packs a wallop and a message for many of us. Christian hits it on the screws again…

The Upside

When asked by filmmaker Paul Balmer in 2006 how much he practices guitar these days, classical guitar virtuoso Julian Bream—seventy-two years old at the time—answered:

“I’m retired now so the practice is down to just four hours.”

Four hours.

Every day.

Seventy-two years old.


I better get practicing….

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  1. I have two Julian Bream cd’s – my dad used to play classical guitar…He is truly inspiring..


  2. A cup of coffee and some beautiful music first thing in the morning……can’t think of a better way to start the day! Thanks for sharing.


  3. I saw him play a couple of times about 20 years ago. Every moment of it is so intense for him.
    Frivolous question: in the waste paperbasket behind him, is that some ancient instrument that he decided to chuck out?


  4. classic Bream; very nice indeed!


  5. Alex Jones says:

    In anything we do we can always improve on it through doing and practice 🙂


  6. Oohh, this gives me chills. Exquisite…..


  7. One of the comments was “best 10 minutes mankind has to offer”. Bold statement, but an elegant thought worth pondering. Excellent choice for a Friday.


  8. That was really beautiful. I know that’s an overused word, but you get the picture.


  9. Simply fabulous choice in music for a Friday arrival home from work. Thank you.


  10. I am transported…a beautiful way to begin the evening. Thanks Dave.


  11. This is fabulous. It really speaks to my soul.


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