Listen, Learn

Stefon Harris is an amazing musician–check him out, especially if you are into jazz. But he also has this zen quality about him that is magical. About 11 years ago, soon after I had started playing banjo, he came to do a clinic at Dartmouth. A group of us played a few tunes and I was blown away by how present he was, how he listened and reacted, moving the music with such artistry/transparency. He spoke about listening, and I could tell he was observant on another level. It was heavily inspiring. On a recent TED talk binge I found this video of Harris explaining the notion that mistakes are irrelevant, in fact they are opportunities if we know how to listen, react and work together. Check it:

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