To play an instrument?
To be a soul winner?
To be independently wealthy?
Itzhak Perlman plays the violin.
He might just be the greatest violin player on earth today. In fact, he might be the greatest violin player in history.
When he plays, it is so much more than music. It is an experience.
Was he born with some rare gift no one else has ever possessed?
Why don’t you decide!
Every morning Perlman wakes up at five-fifteen. He showers, has a light breakfast, and begins his morning practice session, which lasts four and a half hours. He has lunch, reads for a while, exercises then begins his afternoon practice session, which lasts for four and a half hours. In the evening he has dinner with his family and relaxes.
This is his schedule every day of the year except on days he plays concerts.
On concert days he wakes up at five-fifteen, showers, has breakfast and then practices for four and a half hours. He then has lunch, reads for a while, exercises, and then takes a ninety minute nap. When he wakes up he gets dressed and goes to the concert venue. They perform a sound check, and have a brief rehearsal.
Forty-five minutes before the concert Mr Perlman goes to his dressing room and locks the door. Two security guards are posted outside his door, no one is allowed in under any circumstances!
What do you think he does?
Itzhak Perlman prays.
He spends one minute asking God to help him play the violin that night. He spends the other forty-four minutes praying for the people who will attend the concert that night. He does not doubt God will help him play the violin brilliantly for the concert. Why?
Because Itzhak Perlman plays the violin brilliantly for nine hours a day, every single day, day in and day out, in an empty room, for nobody but his God!
Itzhak keeps his part of the bargain. He has passion, dedication and faith. Therefore he has confidence God will keep His part of the bargain.
Itzhak Perlman makes people cry when he plays the violin, and they do not know why they are crying. He makes people feel and hear things they have never felt or heard before. He shares his excitement and passion through his music. He motivates people. He touches people. He moves people. He changes people. He makes a difference in people.
Itzhak Perlman has found a way to touch other people’s lives, to raise them up, to share his passion.
Listen to the theme from “Schindler’s list”, and you will feel the passion.
Several years ago Perlman agreed to attend a charity event in Vienna, after one of his concerts. Tickets were five hundred dollars each. The guests were allowed to speak to Mr. Perlman and get his autograph.
One man entered the roped off area where Perlman was and stretched out his hand to shake hands. The man said, “Mr. Perlman you were phenomenal tonight. You were absolutely amazing.”
Perlman smiled and said “Thank you.”
The man said, “All my life I have had a great love of the violin, and I have heard every great violinist, but I have never heard anyone play the violin as brilliantly as you did tonight”.
Perlman smiled and said nothing.
The man continued, “You know Mr. Perlman, I would give my whole life to be able to play the violin like you did tonight”.
Perlman smiled once more and said,”I have”.
What would you give to….
- Be a soul winner
- Be a prayer warrior
- Be an intercessor
I would give anything to be able to…..
Thanks for reading today!
( Perlman was born in Tel Aviv, in what was soon to be Israel, where he first became interested in the violin when he heard a classical music performance on the radio. He studied at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv before moving to theUnited States to study at the Juilliard School with the great violin pedagogue, Ivan Galamian, and his assistant Dorothy DeLay.
Perlman contracted polio at the age of four. He made a good recovery, learning to walk with the use of crutches. Today, he generally uses crutches or an Amigo POV/Scooter for mobility and plays the violin while seated.
The world falls in love with music when Itzhak Perlman takes up his violin. A superstar by any standard and a rarity in the classical field, Perlman has taken hold of the public imagination as few violin virtuosos ever have, bringing joy to millions with his playing. Having lost the use of his legs after falling victim to polio at the age of four, Perlman always sits as he plays. But he never fails to bring audiences to their feet.)