Saturday, August 23, 2008

Emily Bear

It inspires me to see and hear of children who bring hope and joy to the world; in the case of Emily Bear, she is the epitome of a shining soul. I first saw Emily Bear on the Ellen show last year; Emily is a 6 year old piano prodigy who writes songs in 5-10 minutes. You can watch her play one of he compositions while she was on the show (and she even wrote a song for Ellen, called Ellen's song). Yes, she not only plays classical and jazz songs, she also composes her own.

Her sense of joy radiates through her compositions; if you are not smiling as you listen to her play, you will by the time you hear the end of the piece. If you are lucky enough to live near Chicago, you can go to one of her live performances (she played the opening piece of music for the Thanksgiving Day parade in 2007); you can also enjoy her melodies by buying one of her CD's from her website. Even the sales of her CD's is inspirational because a portion the sales from Ellen's song (and sheet music) will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Along with her obvious talent, the facet of Emily Bear I love the most is her pure joy in sharing what she loves; may we all know that joy.

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