12.04.2004

Jay Greenberg a.k.a. BlueJay

This past Sunday, 60 minutes did a program on a 12-year musical prodigy named Jay Greenberg. He has already written 5 symphonies and is currently in his third year at Julliard studying composition. Normally, I brush aside any stories about "kid geniuses" because frankly, there are so many of them and most never pan out. But this kid is the real deal.

You can read the CBS transcript for yourself:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/11/24/60minutes/main657713.shtml

Quick note: What they don't show in the transcript is that as he's using his music program to write his compositions, he's typing REALLY fast. How fast? About as fast as you would type out an AIM message to your buddy, if not faster. And anyone who has composed before knows how fast that is.

Some of you may think, yeah, they say he can write all these symphonies, but are they any good? Well, here's a link to a recording of one of his orchestral pieces entitled "Overture to 9/11" inspired by, you guessed it, the events of 9/11.

http://www.fromthetop.org/radio/performers.cfm?pid=1586

Personally, I can't wait to see how this kid pans out because the music, independent of the composer, is quite remarkable.

And that's all I've got to say about that.

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