Thank you very much.
Thank you. Thank you so much.
Victor Borge used to say, I’d like to thank my parents for making this performance possible,
Victor Borge曾说过 我要感谢父母让我拥有这次演出
and my children for making it necessary.
So many people in our lives make our life purpose possible and necessary.
I’d like to take you on a musical journey
that connects you with one of those people.
Someone you love dearly.
Someone you want to have a little more time to love.
Someone you wish was still with you.
This is my mom.
Isn’t she beautiful? [laughs]
And then there’s this guy.
Yeah. I’m afraid that’s me.
I don’t like that childlike grin
and superstylish Beatles haircut for you.
I was trouble.
But as you could see, I was happy when I was with my mom.
She’s one of the greatest lyrical sopranos that ever lived,
and definitely gifted with the voice of an angel.
She could have set her stage anywhere, anywhere in the world.
But she gave that up
to be my mom.
She gave me this stage with you today.
She’s been by my side when I’ve been particularly nervous
for a big performance touring the world with the piano guys.
无论是我和the piano guys全球巡演
Or when I’ve been off the stage,
struggling at the mercy of anxiety and depression.
Or when I felt like I’m under the thumb of this
pernitiously pervasive demon,
known as adequacy that so many of us are fighting.
She’s gently nudged me forward
right at the moment when I thought like giving up.
So I’m a musician today not only because what she gave up for me,
but also because what she continues to give me.
And that support is profound and specially powerful. Why?
那种支持意义非凡 有着特别的力量 为什么呢
Because I come from a place
about which we know very little.
Not long after that first picture I showed you was taken,
my mother fell to the floor of our home suddenly
in this really scary seizure.
Such an intense moment.
My dad rushed her to the ER.
Brain tumor. Big one.
Doctors didn’t know how long we’d have,
one, two, maybe three years, before we lose her.
一年 两年 或许三年 然后我们会失去她
But due to her strength and series of indescribable miracles,
she defied that prognoses and fought that brain tumor for eighteen years.
[applause] Thank you.
I’ll let her know. Thank you.
She fought that brain tumor for eighteen years, but think about this:
Some of those years we’re really rough as you can imagine.
But we learned to be grateful for every day.
Now when her final curtain call came,
I couldn’t applaud because I wasn’t ready for it to end.
So after she passed away, I spent some time being angry,
bitter, resentful, confused of these years that were stolen from me.
At the chance, I never had to know the soprano in this beautiful woman,
to hear her sing in full voice without pain,
to perform with her.
Oh, I would love that just me playing the cello,
哦 我会爱上那个场景 我拉着大提琴
right next to her, just looking up at her beautiful face, singing.
就在她身旁 望着她美丽的脸庞 歌唱着
Oh, I would love that chance.
Never got that chance.
So I struggled with this. I really did, but then,
I discovered something.
Something that has compelled me
to be on this stage talking with you today.
Isn’t it true that our life smooth to be line with melodies
tend to be written during the dark symphonies of our struggle?
And in this dark symphony, I found healing for matter.
The very thing that wounded me
was the same thing that healed me:
the power of music.
You see since I spent some special time with my mom,
through music I discovered that the people we’ve lost are lost at all.
And the holes their absence leaves inside us
are not meant to be filled by someone or something else.
Instead, there are intentional, mindful places
meant for us to go, to take refuge,
to reconnect and to reunite with our loved ones,
to find them there,
still interested, still invested, and somehow,
still involved in the details of our life.
That is where I found my mom.
Now I can’t prove this to you with science. There is no chance.
And spirituality helped me to take the first step.
But ultimately you just have to go there yourself in your own way.
And music, the power of music,
can act for the guide for you on this incredible and important journey.
If you’re willing, I’d like to go there together, right now.
And I want to show this to you, because I want you,
if you need to use this later on,
when you are on your quiet place,
and you got a song as personal to you,
I wanna show you how this can work.
I like you to close your eyes, if you would, please.
我希望你们闭上眼睛 你们愿意的话 请闭上吧
Choose a loved one you want to connect with.
It could be someone you’ve already been thinking about as I’d been talking.
I want you to picture a favorite place, a relaxing place.
It could be a place you both adore together.
Now picture your loved one sitting or standing across from you.
Making this detailed as you can is important. What are they wearing?
What is their posture? Their expression?
Is it a smile?
Is it a look of concern?
Or is hope written in their eyes?
I want you to hold this image in your mind.
You can do so continually with your eyes close,
or you can open them. It’s up to you.
But I want you to live in this place while I play for you one more piece of music.
It’s a piece I’ve never performed in public.
Why? Because I fear that I wouldn’t do it justice.
It’s my mom’s favorite.
And as I play, I want you to have a conversation
with this beautiful person across from you.
I want you to hold their hand, share a long hug,
ask for forgiveness, or finely give it freely if you need to.
请求对方原谅 如果需要的话 畅快地说出来吧
Ask for help with something you’re struggling with.
At the very least, express gratitude
for how they’ve made you possible and necessary.
My mother is a soprano,
with the voice of an angel.
And that voice for me is still sweet and rings with a resounding relevance.
And as I play, I hope you can hear the voice of your own angel,
那么在我演奏时 我希望你们也能听到 你们的天使在歌唱
and let music find someone you’ve lost.