William of Rotterdam

I told 7 year old William that we wanted to share our music and interesting stories with the world. His father said that he drew comic strips in his spare time. Trilingual in English, Dutch, and French, William is more likely to experience different points of view than someone who is monolingual.

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I made good use of the three hour train journey from Paris to Rotterdam by changing and updating the Piano Guitar Duo concert page based on suggestions from a supportive reader. While at it, I also changed the blog page of the site.

As soon as the Thalys train crossed the border into the Netherlands, I called my friend who lives in Rotterdam but loves Paris. I couldn’t wait to tell him about my 4 days 5 nights in this incredible city.

He brought along young William, to whom I was introduced in March at the Effusion house concert in our Monument House Concert Series in Utrecht. William had begun piano lessons while the other young guest Riley had just begun violin lessons. It was good to see young people enjoy a concert of new music.

I told 7 year old William that we wanted to share our music and interesting stories with the world. Our photos don’t always do that. Neither does audio and video recorded music. This blog is meant to fill the gap.

But something is still missing.

The human touch of a hand drawn interpretation? With narrative?

His father said that he drew comic strips in his spare time. Trilingual in English, Dutch, and French, William is more likely to experience different points of view than someone who is monolingual. Perhaps he also sees the world differently.

Talking to young William, who has natural entrepreneurial tendencies, shed light on new ways of looking at piano and guitar. Youth offers the freedom of imagination that age has forgotten.

No sooner had I arrived in Utrecht, 40 minutes away, did I get an e-mail of a scanned copy of his first interpretation of our piano guitar duo (below). [Click on the image for the 800 x 600 version.]

First work for piano guitar duo by William of Rotterdam
First work for piano guitar duo by William of Rotterdam

Before I had time to react, he already churned out yet another.

Second work for piano guitar duo by William of Rotterdam
Second work for piano guitar duo by William of Rotterdam

Suppose he comes to one of our concerts, would he then draw differently? Would it fuel his wild imagination or stifle it? Are there more ingenious ways to react to a concert other than the obvious expressions and words?

Could William add to my collection of Music on Canvas in Paris?

I have asked several artists before him to draw our piano guitar duo.

William of Rotterdam, I shall call him, is the first to do so.

To-date, he is the only one to have done so.

ADDENDUM

I am told that William is 7 (not 8 as I had written yesterday). Checking the blog statistics, I’m pleasantly surprised to see it jump six-fold, i.e. twice the previous daily high reached. Obviously William has many fans, perhaps even more than we!

Author: BLOGmaiden

As one of the earliest bloggers (since 1999), I enjoy meeting people who embrace "out-of-the-box" thinking and fear not the unknown. I believe in collaboration for sustainability because it increases stakeholder value.

12 thoughts on “William of Rotterdam”

  1. William of Rotterdam was obviously inspired by your first-day-of-spring event, Anne and Robert, and by the friendship and dialogue you’ve offered him. How unusual it is to find concert events that are child-friendly! Keep up what you’re doing, and bring us more of W. of R.

  2. You can almost hear the music in William’s pictures, and you can surely feel the joy! His pictures are exuberant.

    Music on Canvas in Paris was really fun to look at, too! Interesting question of how to capture music in a painting. Thanks for your enriching blog.

    1. Maybe I could make more nice pictures for the website, if people like them. Thanks for righting nice things Shana.

  3. William’s pictures are terrific! It’s as though you see the music; it reminds me of Matisse’s Jazz series.
    I have a feeling that if he got to see the live concert, his pictures would be even more vivid – if that’s possible. I would venture to guess that William of Rotterdam is also a good piano student! May he go far!

  4. Give us more of this William of Rotterdam! I can hear the pianist making the piano resonate and see the guitarist poised to greet the public with a flourish of his instrument. Such action! Such music to my eyes and ears!

  5. Good job William! What fun it is to enjoy the company of two such accomplished musicians as Anne and Robert! Learning to feel the music and see the relationship between the art for the ear and art for the eye will make enjoying both so much more satisfying. I have two sons and when they were young I took them to concerts and to museums so that they could enjoy what each has to offer. Aren’t they great fun? My oldest son is now studying at university to be an architect. Knowing that he had the heart and hand of an artist we often talked about the relationships between music and art. I taught him to recognize the rhythms of proportion and line, that the placement of shapes in space conveyed feelings and that the space between the lines had as much meaning as the space between the musical notes. Now he hears and sees those relationships all around him and he can use what he learned to build those realtionships into homes and schools. Trust your dad to show you how fun it is to see the art in life and keep drawing what you feel!

  6. Sir William of Rotterdam! I loved the color, the excitement, and the movement you captured during what must’ve been a fantastic concert! You and your [musical] subjects need to be commended for such novel, forward thinking. Great job!!! [Now, as a person who writes songs and has 2 sons who are professional artists… I find I’m becoming a fan of 2 additional artistic venues represented on this website]. Thanks and Best Wishes!

  7. William, it’s pretty interesting to see how you can so quickly translate an experience into a picture – as if the experience is in your fingers already. I am particularly intrigued by all the detail in the second picture. The expressions on the performers’ faces (love that scowl of the back-up guitarist) – and the person taking a photograph – and all the other people who fill out the picture, including the audience. These are very full pictures, with a lot going on!

  8. William, these are exciting drawings, full of color and energy. Because of you, I’ve decided it’s about time that I took my eight-year-old son, Jimmy, to piano concerts. He’s a big fan of yours!

  9. Wow! Great drawings, William. They make me think of Matisse cut-paper images. Keep up the inspiring work, young man.

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