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.
"If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get."
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
“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
"Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success."