|James Rhodes Foto: http://www.mark-davis-photography.com/the-gallery/james-rhodes-in-concert/|
„88 keys – and within
an entire universe.“
As many others he learned to play the piano when he was about seven but he tried very hard getting along with pieces too complicated for his abilities, he admits today. So he stopped trying and started a career in the City of London, perfectly denying his inner self and his deepest wishes – and suffered a complete breakdown, spending nine months in different mental institutions „trying the best to kill myself“, James Rhodes says. „Perhaps it was this new-found pressure that came from knowing I finally had a shot at what I really wanted.“ he writes on his internet sites – playing classical music. The kind of music a friend smuggled through to him on an iPod when he was completely isolated, without any contact to normal life.
„Almost every piece of classical music is universal.
If you have the chance to hear it.
And it will transform you.“
You only have to watch his vids on Youtube or listen to his music on soundcloud (where he posts them for free) to realize that all that really matters to him is his music and his steinway, sitting there, playing four hours every day, drinking endless cups of coffee, enjoying his life – when he’s not on tour or recording a new album. Rodes’s life is by no means ordinary but a lucky and privileged one, and he’s taking nothing for granted, including the fact that British celebrities like the author Stephen Frey and actor Benedict Cumberbatch are his friends, honouring his genius in public.
You can buy or download his works on Google Play, iTunes or Amazon.
The German version of his article was first published in the weekend supplementary „Fränkischer Sonntag“ 8th Sept 2013 of the German newspapers Fränkischer Tag, Bayerische Rundschau, Coburger Tageblatt, Saale-Zeitung sharing the platform infranken.de.
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If part of this article sound weird this is due to the fact that I’m no native speaker, so don’t be too harsh.