Van Cliburn (1934-2013)

The classical radio station here (not the one we have now but the different one we had in the 90′s) used to play this a lot. At first I didn’t care for it, as I generally prefer more gentle piano pieces, but I got used to hearing it and slowly warmed up to it and somehow came around to feeling that this is one of the most incredible things ever recorded. I have run into people on certain message boards who were much less impressed by it but like Kelly said, “…there’s a reason cliches become so in the first place.” I feel sorry for people who are so afraid of being un-cool or unsophisticated that they can’t just enjoy beautiful things. (And yes, I understand that not everyone likes the same things but I can tell the difference between that and someone just being snobby.)