The June 3, 2012 New York Times Sunday Review section featured a series of essays from 5 prominent people in different fields entitled “My Brilliant Career” reflecting on the “crooked paths to success”.
I was delighted to see that music figured prominently in this round-up since the writers included the brilliant composer and my colleague at the Yale School of Music, David Lang and pop record label president Jonathan Poneman, as well as politician Olympia Snow, the novelist Hilary Mantel, physicist and polymath Leonard Mlodinow.
The article, aimed at college graduates, shows us that the path to success is often a series of odd jobs and bizarre circumstances. Moreover, there are a number of themes that resonate powerfully for the creative people with whom I work.
Let’s take a cl0ser look.