Let the boy win!

photo © 2009 woodley wonderworks | more info (via: Wylio)   A certain young musician was gifted and enthusiastic. He came under the tutelage of a teacher who had a reputation as being very effective in guiding young musicans to great skill. The student came and the teacher pointed out many flaws in the student’s […]

The Door

photo © 2010 Avia Venefica | more info (via: Wylio) Once there was a young man who arrived at a banquet hall. He looked in the window and saw everyone smiling, sipping wine, eating hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and conversing with one another. He came to the door and realized that it seemed to be locked. […]

The Theory Students

Once there was a crusty old music teacher who taught the 3rd and 4th semesters of music theory at a famous music college. As he was explaining the details of the neapolitan 6th chord to the class, one of the students, a theory major, sent a text message to one of his friends: “How will […]

Parable of the young son

I decided to write this up as its own parable. Once there was a man who worked at an insurance company as a programmer. He was an expert in statistics and computer science, and ran ever more complex actuarial studies on a massively parallel super-computer. One day, his young son asked him what he did […]

Parable of the two young music students

Once there was a great music teacher who only took a few of the most gifted and promising students. One of his students was a very disciplined young man, hard-working and eager to please. He had not at first wanted to play, but he realized it was something that pleased his mother, and because he […]

motorcycle metaphor

My friend Dave Wilson relayed the story that he was stopped at an intersection behind a car and a motorcyclist. The motorcycle had fallen over sideways as it had rained and the road was slick. The guy was having a difficult time getting the motorcycle back right because the road was slick and it just […]