Recently a person heard me playing music and then proceeded to tell me how the grand piano I was using made all the difference. It reminded me of a story I’d heard about the famous artist, James Whistler.
Whistler took his poodle to Britain’s leading ear, nose and throat specialist when it developed a throat infection. The specialist was Sir Morell Mackenzie who was not impressed, but examined the dog and issued a prescription, nonetheless.
The next day, Whistler received a message asking him to come and see Mackenzie urgently. Fearing some news about his poodle, Whistler hurried over, and was surprised to learn why he was summoned. “Thanks for coming, Whistler,” started Mackenzie, “I wanted to see you about having my front door painted.”