IN ANY LANGUAGE
The North American International Auto Show has been hosted in Detroit for well over a century.
This week during press previews, industry previews and the big charity preview finale, visitors from all over the world are dining out downtown with their translators.
One night, a South American businessman silently formulates his question and then haltingly asks for The Girl from Ipanema.
I play this song all the time with the trio but for some reason never on my own solo sets.
So I have to open iReal Pro on my iPhone and pull up the lead sheet to help me get started.
With confidence, I start playing, only to be met with a look of confusion on his face.
“Is it the right song?” I ask.
“It is,” he replies, “but I wonder if I take that music you have home with me, can a musician from my country play it also?”
I tell him yes, of course, because it’s nice to know that some things like love and hope, as they pass, each time they pass, require neither explanation nor translation.