The Beat Goes On
Suleika Jaouad talks about the role music played in her life before leukemia, the impact of her illness on her passion, and the energizing power of reconnecting with a lost love.
Photo Credit: Anne Francey
Music, as the saying commonly goes, can soothe even the savage beast. What about the frail beast? The sad one?
My parents started me on the piano at the age of 4, but it wasn’t until the fourth grade that I chose music for myself. The music teacher at Lake Avenue Elementary School stood in front of the class with a dozen stringed instruments lined up at the front of the room. Choose your instrument, she invited us.
The thought that I could choose my instrument was a revelation. Violins, violas and cellos were the hot items — and there were more of them than any other instruments — but I was curious about the big wooden object at the end of the row, leaning up against the the chalkboard. The double bass. It was taller than I was — taller than the…
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