Come and meet Laurel Thomsen, prodigy violinist (who was teaching students OLDER than her and had her own music school before she could drive as you will hear during our talk) .
She is to no surprise truly multi-talented, and a jack(is there a female version of this word?) of all trades including teacher, contributing author to Strings Magazine and cultivator of her students to achieve all their dreams in music.
From Laurel’s Bio:
“Laurel Thomsen has always had an ear for song, but at six, music possessed her. Concerned, she told her mother that music from a recording she had listened to wouldn’t stop playing in her mind. “Don’t worry, that happens to me too” her mother reassured. When Laurel explained that it wasn’t just a little ditty, but a whole orchestra note for note, her mother said that that sounded like quite a gift…..”
People always ask me as a musician and with the podcast if I have ever met anyone that seems like they were simply “born to play”.
I am honored and proud to say that I can add another person to that very very short list, and I was lucky enough to chat with her on this episode.
"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
“Not being tense but ready.
Not thinking but not dreaming.
"Not being set but flexible.
Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement.
It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.”
Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do
“Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.”