He was also a very accomplished composer and pianist who played before sellout crowds at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden.
Paderewski was also a popular speaker and often quoted because of his wit.
Here’s an example:
“I established a certain standard of behaviour, that, during my playing, there must be no talking. When they began to talk, I would stop. I would say, ‘I am sorry to interrupt your conversation. I deeply regret that I am obliged to disturb you, so I am going to stop for a while to allow you to continue talking.’ You can imagine the effect it had…”
He also candidly remarked about his piano playing:
“If I miss one day of practice, I notice it. If I miss two days, the critics notice it. If I miss three days, the audience notices it.”
Making the Connection to Our Lives
I’m certainly no poster child for reading the Bible.
A year ago, I didn’t even know where to find my copy.
But the more I challenge myself to experience the Power of Four (reading the Bible at least four days per week), the more I experience the absence of God’s word when I skip a day.
Paderewski knew the impact of missing one day of practice on the piano, but he could probably hide it from others.
By the second day, his critics and most likely his wife knew it.
By the third day, the world knew it.
How quickly do others notice when Christians don’t occupy part of their week in the Word?
I’d say my wife and kids have me spotted within two days.
“Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”
(2 Timothy 2:7)
How quickly do you notice a difference when you stop occupying time in God’s Word?
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Image herein of Paderewski’s Steinway grand piano courtesy of wikipedia article on Ignacy Jan Paderewski.