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Finding the Words • The Space Between

Years ago, my dear friend and mentor Don Foley shared a story about Isaac Stern that I’ve never let go. The great violinist (1920-2001) was often asked why the music sounded so different when Isaac played it on his violin versus when the same song sheet was followed by others.

“Anyone can play the notes,” he would tell students; “music is what goes on in between the notes.”

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