The Unplayable Piano

Is this you?


He hadn’t yet reached his second birthday, still in diapers, but as is true for many only children, he was quite advanced verbally. His mother talked to him all day, in sentences, as if he were older, and so his vocabulary was more extensive than most 20-month-olds.

When I came home that evening, he was in his crib, in his room, crying. Not wailing, not demanding, just sort of quietly crying.

So I asked him, “What’s wrong, Roo?’

His response, “I don’t know, dad, I’m just frustrated.”

He stood up, leaned into me, against the rails of the crib, and rested his little head on me as we talked about his day.


I work with so many frustrated people, talented people who are struggling to get past what they are not allowed to do.

Broadcast Radio today is frustrating for anyone with a high creative drive and that’s why I’m glad I watched this:

I know you’re busy, too busy, you think (and may be), to take 15 minutes to watch this right now, but the busier you are, the more you need it.

If nothing else, just watch the last 5 minutes, when he talks about Brian Eno.

Watch if you are a creative talent or you coach creative talent.

Because broadcast radio needs you. I think your listeners will be appreciative as well.

None of us enjoy leaping out of our comfort zone. We all want the familiar, the easier route — but that’s a human tendency creatives need to push against. Push hard against.

So, if you’re intrigued, if you’re more brave than most, you can learn more about Oblique Strategies HERE…and HERE (Brian Eno’s website).

You can buy your own set of cards HERE, or use THIS SITE without cost.

What do you think? Are you up for a bit of discomfort?

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