I got to spend the other morning listening to my Uncle Lyman play the piano. He is an incredibly talented musician---but he can't read a note. I love the music he writes, and every time he comes to visit I beg him to sit down and play. And every time he comes I tell him he has GOT to have someone help him record his music, cuz there's gonna come a day when he can't play anymore and will want it. (Actually, it's me that's gonna want it. I'm selfish like that.)
He always tells me I could play that way too, but I've tried and I truly cannot. I can't play by ear to save my life. I spent many, many years learning to play the notes that were put in front of me and to play them well. Even after listening to his music over and over, I can't sit down at the piano and pick the notes out---my brain/ears don't work like that.
But what I can do is sight-read. So I figure that's where my talent comes in. That and appreciating what others can do. And I like being able to accompany for people. Especially when they have awesome voices. (Like my sister-in-law, Buffy. who is having a contest of sorts on her blog for a free haircut and style and if you live in Utah Valley you should go over there and take advantage.) I'd be a happy girl if I could make a living as an accompanist. So, I may not be able play by ear (which makes me so sad when I want Uncle Lyman music and he's not around), but I can make pretty music in other ways. So even if we don't get every talent-we all have something that we can share with others. The test is whether or not you're willing to do so.
PS-have you ever seen the movie "Where the Red Fern Grows?" How about, "On Our Own"? Uncle Lyman wrote and directed those movies. That's how awesome he is.
PPS-you have four more days to comment on the Pay It Forward post if you wanna win something.