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Play Life More Beautifully: Conversations with Seymour

It started with a dinner party. When 86-year-old pianist and teacher Seymour Bernstein met Ethan Hawke, international film star, the two quickly discovered they shared a common malady: stage fright. Based on his familiarity with nervousness prior to concerts, Seymour was able to provide Ethan with invaluable insight and
advice. That was the beginning of a deep friendship. Renowned spiritual scholar and activist Andrew Harvey was a fellow dinner guest that auspicious night and contributed to the decision to create a documentary about Seymour exploring his unique combination of accomplished musician, teacher and seasoned elder. The film Seymour: An Introduction, directed by Ethan Hawke, has received enthusiastic critical acclaim and is an inspiration to all who see it.

Seymour and Andrew's friendship has continued to thrive with a shared curiosity and appreciation for the intersection of life and art. The trusting conversations captured in this book between these two dear friends reveal key truths about passion and creativity through an exploration of music, difficult childhoods, the friendship of animals and journeys of the spirit. Memories meld with philosophy, and observations with reflections, dissolving the line between teacher and pupil. With equal parts candour and generosity, Seymour and Andrew offer a masterclass in playing life with our fullest, most gracious selves.

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It started with a dinner party. When 86-year-old pianist and teacher Seymour Bernstein met Ethan Hawke, international film star, the two quickly discovered they shared a common malady: stage fright. Based on his familiarity with nervousness prior to concerts, Seymour was able to provide Ethan with invaluable insight and advice. That was the beginning of a deep friendship. Renowned spiritual scholar and activist Andrew Harvey was a fellow dinner guest that auspicious night and contributed to the decision to create a documentary about Seymour exploring his unique combination of accomplished musician, teacher and seasoned elder. The film Seymour: An Introduction, directed by Ethan Hawke, has received enthusiastic critical acclaim and is an inspiration to all who see it. Seymour and Andrew's friendship has continued to thrive with a shared curiosity and appreciation for the intersection of life and art. The trusting conversations captured in this book between these two dear friends reveal key truths about passion and creativity through an exploration of music, difficult childhoods, the friendship of animals and journeys of the spirit. Memories meld with philosophy, and observations with reflections, dissolving the line between teacher and pupil. With equal parts candour and generosity, Seymour and Andrew offer a masterclass in playing life with our fullest, most gracious selves.

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ISBN 9781781806623
Autograph No
Pages 264
Author Seymour Bernstein and Andrew Harvey
Publisher Hay House UK
Publication date 23 Feb 16
Format Paperback
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