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As a Piano Prodigy, Paying the Price. A Guest Post by Mark

Musical talent is earned, like every other talent.

Musical talent is earned, like every other talent.

“I’d give anything to play the piano as beautifully as you do.”

I’ve heard that all my life.

I’ve been playing the piano since before I can remember. My piano teacher signed me up for concerts and talent shows, and my performances were the highlight of recitals.

I was somewhat of a local celebrity.  People often told me I played with more appropriate expression than grown-ups.

At four years of age, I didn’t really understand what that meant, only that others seemed to enjoy hearing me play as much as I enjoyed playing.

But the price I paid was almost more than I could handle.