A couple of days ago, we had a visitor to
our house. He was there for a very specific reason: to listen to Ainan’s
Now, I cannot reveal why our visitor was
interested in hearing Ainan’s musical compositions, just yet, but I can say this:
our visitor had spent five years of his life at a music school, though he was
now in another creative profession.
He listened most attentively to Ainan’s
pieces as I played him recordings.
"This is the first piece he ever composed.", I noted.
There seemed about him, a little surprise.
I played him the second piece.
“I like that one.”, he remarked, “Very
suitable.”, for what he had in mind.
“That’s very interesting.”, he observed of
“A good piece...but not for this project.”,
he said of a fourth. There were others, too.
Then Ainan took to playing him some pieces
on the piano.
Our guest watched him most intently. “How
long has he been learning the piano?”
“He taught himself, six months ago.”
He considered this for a moment. “It is
amazing how fast he has picked it up.”
Ainan, 12, played on, piece after
piece...all from memory. Some of the pieces were his own compositions, others,
as is his wont, were pieces he had heard in the course of his life – the Matrix
theme tune, a couple of the pieces from the game Portal 2 and Bioshock.
At the end of the display our guest had
decided to work with Ainan on a forthcoming project. He was most pleased with
I will let you know, when I am free to do
so, just what Ainan will be doing, musically. Personally, I was very happy to
hear that our musical guest liked Ainan’s music. It is the first time we have
allowed Ainan’s work to be heard by a musically informed outsider – so his
appreciation means a lot to us. It is the first “nod” from the musical
profession that Ainan really has something going for him, in this area. That,
in itself, is a bit of a surprising development considering that he is
primarily a scientist – but then, again, Einstein was a passable violinist and
Leonardo da Vinci was a composer who could play any stringed instrument, though
I believe the lute was his primary one. Thus, musicality has been found allied
to scientific gift in the past, too.
One of my greatest pleasures, now, is
listening to Ainan play his compositions, on the piano. His is my favourite
music. Perhaps, one day, it will be other people’s favourite too. We shall see.
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