Fear? No Problem
Cellist Yo Yo Ma says he isn't a brave man, that he is scared much of the time. "But," he adds, "I must like being scared," since he keeps on doing things he fears.
Ma is one of the 5 winners of the Kennedy Center Honors for 2011, the 34th annual presentation of this award for lifetime achievement in the performing arts.
I caught a bit of the awards show tonight on TV and found it moving, funny, and wildly inspiring. First time I've seen any of it. I won't miss it again. I love seeing people who have worked so hard and achieved so much — so much that I admire — getting their due, and clearly feeling so happy about it.
The winners — seated in the presidential box with the Obamas — saxophonist/composer Sonny Rollins, actor Meryl Streep, singer/songwriter Neil Diamond, singer Barbara Cook, and Ma — watched first-rate performances in their honor. Neil Diamond seemed rapt listening to Lionel Ritchie and Smokey Robinson sing his songs. (I was too. I'm a devoted Neil Diamond fan, and felt very proud of him.)
Moment after moment of the tribute was so moving that even the highly satirical Colbert seemed touched. It wasn't at all necessary to win an award to be in on the pleasure.Just as it isn't necessary to "be" brave to do brave things.
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