Elderism #9

October 19th, 2008

I went to Carnegie Hall last night to hear the virtuosic pianist and composer Keith Jarrett perform. (I realize that he’s only in his 60’s, and thus not really an “elder”, but, please: indulge me). Jarrett–who played with his back to the audience–walked over to a microphone five times during the course of the evening, each time uttering a single sentence, including his opener,

I just want to say that I won’t be saying anything tonight.”

Of the other four sentences which he did or did not say, the most beguiling was,

“Don’t listen to anybody tell you what energy source we need.”