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#1017 Tiny piano player may make you believe in reincarnation

By Cathryn Wellner / June 3, 2014

Seriously, is it really possible for a child so young to be a piano star? Maybe Jake Clayton came pre-loaded with the soul of a brilliant pianist who has gone on to another dimension. Jake was only 9 years old when Jonathan Velasquez was in a store (which most say was a Costco, though I […]

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#1005 Have piano will travel

By Cathryn Wellner / May 11, 2014

In 2010 Dotan Negrin chucked his job, bought a piano and a truck, and went on the road with his dog. He wrote on his blog: I did it because I wanted to find meaning to my life beyond the monetary. I did it because I wanted to be challenged. I did it because I […]

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#1003 The nun who rocked Italian talent scouts

By Cathryn Wellner / April 27, 2014

Sister Cristina Scuccia rocked The Voice of Italy. The judges have their backs to the singers in this talent competition. If they hear something that makes them want to turn around, they swivel their chairs. When they heard Scuccia’s voice, they wasted no time in turning around to see what angel was singing. And were […]

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#1002 24 hours of happiness

By Cathryn Wellner / April 20, 2014

The Pharrell Williams song, Happy, has taken the world by storm. All around the globe people have been creating videos with their own versions of happy dancing. The song is irresistible. Even the United Nations couldn’t hold back and chose it as the theme song for its 24 hours of happiness initiative. If you have […]

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#997 Finding hope in a quirky, creative woman called SARK

By Cathryn Wellner / April 9, 2014

Are there writers out there who never suffer doubt, never question their talent, never look at their words and despair? If you are one of them, read no farther. But if you ever quake when you send your words out to a publisher, an agent, or the public space of a Web site, read on. […]

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#996 Wide open to gratitude

By Cathryn Wellner / April 8, 2014

When KindSpring launched a 21-Day Kindness Challenge, 6000 people from 98 countries signed on to consciously perform acts of kindness. KindSpring followed that up with a 21-Day Gratitude Challenge that inspired even more people in more countries to participate. Two talented musicians with large hearts, Nimesh Patel and Daniel Nahmod, took up the gratitude challenge. […]

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#990 Eric Whitacre lays song lines around the globe

By Cathryn Wellner / April 2, 2014

Shivers on a warm day. I have just been watching Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4, Fly to Paradise. This time the production is animated. The 5,905 singers from 101 countries appear in the windows of skyscrapers, while the young heroine gathers the courage to spread her wings and fly. The music lifts my spirits as […]

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#987 Pianist with four fingers and an irrepressible spirit

By Cathryn Wellner / March 30, 2014

A woman born with two fingers on each hand and the talent and determination to become a professional pianist is inspiring hope around the world. Born in 1985 in Seoul, Korea, Lee Hee-ah has no bones in her left thumb. Her limbs stop at the knee. What does not stop is her exuberance. Hee-Ah began […]

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