Music Moves: Fan-Ya Lin

How beautiful can music be? Or maybe the better question to ask in the context of a hi-fi show is do we sometimes forget that people make music for people? With all of our attention focused on hardware, I think we may at times lose sight of the point of all of our audiophiling but people like Fan-Ya Lin remind us in a not subtle at all way that the beauty of music lies in its making. And people are ultimately both the makers and receivers of this gift.

Pianist Fan-Ya Lin performed throughout the day on Saturday in the lobby of the Marriott Denver Tech Center. I stopped and listened on three occasions when I happened to be happening by while she was playing. Wouldn't you? I mean how often are you walking anywhere and find a world-class pianist playing a Steinway grand piano? But some people did walk by, rushing toward the creepingly slow elevators of the tower floors to listen Funny no? Rushing by someone playing music to listen to recordings of people playing music has some irony tucked in it somewhere.

To my ears and eyes, Fan-Ya Lin played beautifully and passionately and hearing her play was a more than pleasant reminder about why we go to all of this trouble. Why we bother with hi-fi and shows about hi-fi. And here I'll hand off to a favorite writer to finish my thought:

"And every time, this thought hit me: It wasn't a record she was handling. It was a fragile soul inside a glass bottle.” ~ Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun