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Joe Robinson: "Talent" is B.S. Flair, Focus & Feedback is What it Takes

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Joe Robinson - All Of Me This song is for my friend Rob Horton - who sent me home with this awesome George Benson Ibanez GB10 guitar after a show in Boston last year. Musically ...
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Above is Joe performing "All of Me" (And is perhaps why you might take some interest in the video below)

.Talent. Is B.S. My 2c! Focus, Flair, Feedback. JOES12 COURSE: (featuring guests Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Rodney ...
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Joe Robinson- "Talent" is B.S.

Looking at the first video, one is likely to conclude that "talent" is something Joe has truckloads of. But he apparently disagrees, and makes quite a case for his particular perspective on things.

It's funny how things happen. I was actually watching an introductory video posted on some web site about a particular kind of meditation technique. The video was only about 2 mins long, and featured a very likable young man, summing up how he had come to this point in his "spiritual journey". The video I thought was very well made, reflected well on the organization it was promoting, and (as I said), the fellow in it just seemed like a wonderful guy. But I had missed his name at first, and when the video was over, I wanted to see if I could find out a little bit more about him. So, I went back to the very beginning, where he had quickly introduced himself. His name was "Joseph Robinson", he was 29 years old, played guitar in a band, and was from Brooklyn, NY.

So I Googled that info. What came up was a 29-year old guitar player named Joe Robinson. But this one was from Australia (currently living in Nashville), had won Australia's "You've Got Talent" competition when he was 16, and is now considered one of the top guitarists in the world.

Needless to say, I had never heard of him.

But, somewhere near this info was the video I've posted at the top.

His guitar playing blew me away. For one, it was so refreshing for someone his age to have even heard of the classic "All of Me", but to be able to offer a version like that, left me as perplexed as I was speechless.

For me, this Joe is, I guess, the male version of Yuja Wang, the great 32-year old classical pianist from China, whom I've posted a couple of articles about. They both have given me hope again in humanity and its future. And the opportunity to listen a bit to Mr. Robinson go into detail about how one gets to be as amazing as he is, as an artist as well as a human being, is something which should not only be required viewing in schools all over the world, but in the darkest, most despairing corners of the planet.

Because Joe, whether he knows it or not, is speaking the truth about what it takes to be the kind of human being we all need to become, at any time, in any historical age.

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