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David Garrett: Ideal and Role Model

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An attempted Analysis of a Musical Phenomenon – Part 2

So the question arises: Why did the gods shower this one person with such an abundance of their best gifts? What could have been their intention? That we should see him, and through him be reminded of them? That we should have an image of what man could be, and ought to become? Because at times David Garrett appears a messenger of the truly divine. Listening to him play Beethoven’s violin concerto may convince you of it. That he claims not to be religious is beside the point. There are those who insist that Mozart was not religious, yet his music proves the reality of heaven to all who have ears to hear.

Anyhow, the term ‘religion’ merely refers to our reconnection with the divine – nothing more nor less; a linking of our mind and soul to the godly world of beauty, goodness and truth. In that universal world of the spirit, our material world is embedded like ice floating in water: the same element, but in solid form. And of this invisible world the entirely non-material phenomenon of music has always been both message and evidence. That, I believe, is the reason why we enjoy, love and need music: It is a line of connection to our spiritual home.

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And isn’t this precisely what so many people (both male and female) respond to in the case of David Garrett? That he is clearly not descended from apes, but created in the image of a god? Like it or not – this is my personal conclusion regarding the wellspring of his near-universal appeal. Just go and see how often the sentiments ‘divine’, ‘god-like’ and ‘not from this world’ can be found among those YouTube fan comments:

“He is secretly Apollo. No doubt about it!” – “… plays divinely.” – “… like a god with a violin.” – “… his music is the language of God.” – “Me encanta, parece un ángel tocando el violin.” – “Wie ein junger Gott – als hätte er die Violine erfunden.” – “… transports me to another world.” – “… shows the beauty of paradise.” … And so on. You see my point.

Yet even David Garrett cannot please everyone, as becomes distressingly evident from those very same comments sections. There are usually a few people (mostly male, but not exclusively) who spew acrid bile in response, as if his light were casting a shadow into their soul. Let us be sincerely glad that David has neither the time nor the inclination to read these comments. Those declarations of love and those darts of hate do not reach him. He follows his passion for music with a mature attitude to criticism and a cool disregard concerning the views of those whose opinion matters not. For he has already earned the approval of all those whom he respects most, and that is sufficient.

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“Are the 172 people who disliked this video from ISIS?” one comment asks. It is indeed hard to imagine a mindset that responds negatively to so much beauty. Yet it exists, and the violence of its expression is worrying. That secret deposit of poisonous hate poses the question: What is it that could destroy David Garrett? Naturally one shies away from possible answers, for one wants him to be safe and to make music forever. Yet he himself wears a chunky memento mori on his finger, openly aware that all is temporary. Judging from his intense work schedule and his frequent travelling, a burnout or heart failure will be the likeliest threat as he gets older. It seems improbable that sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll – figuratively speaking – will dig his grave, since he appears to be so sensible in his choices.

Often has it been said that women love a bad boy; but I suspect they love a good boy even more if he arrives in the shape of David Garrett. The rapacious debauchery of certain rock, sports and film stars does not compare at all favourably with the disciplined coolness he projects. Observe, for example, that he finds the idea of taking sexual advantage of his groupies distasteful; that at televised events he usually switches unobtrusively to water after a first, polite sip from the offered drink; and that he refused to be drawn into a discussion on the benefits of drug-taking for musicians, stating firmly that they were addressing the wrong person for insights on this topic.

All you mothers of sons: Weren’t your hearts swelling with gratitude at that moment? What a fearless role model! David Garrett makes sensible choices look desirable, and it doesn’t seem to be an act. While he certainly knows how to party, he is also aware that it impairs his ability to perform the next day and is not afraid to say so – and, more importantly, to act upon this insight. In his achievements, young people have inspirational proof that self-discipline, dedication and persistent practice are indeed the foundation and the price of deserved (and lasting) success … and, hallelujah, they are prepared to take note.

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Note to the reader: Since writing the above, I have realised that spiteful slander is just as real a threat to David Garrett as it is to anyone who dares to rise above the commonplace. I should have liked him to be exempt from this hateful rule, but bright lights always cast dark shadows.

To be continued … We shall explore David Garrett’s Musical Magic next. If you click ‘follow blog via email’ you won’t miss it.

(All photographs are screenshots drawn from YouTube, for the purpose of illustration only. I trust the authors will allow this use of their picture material. No copyright infringement is intended.) 

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Author: Fabienne Wolf

writing solo traveller

11 thoughts on “David Garrett: Ideal and Role Model

  1. I’ve been following you since you wrote “The David Garrett Success Story – How It All Began”, and I cannot but praise not just your objectivity, but your insight when writing about someone as controversial as David Garrett. While he has been celebrated as a genius, since childhood; he has been criticized because of his crossover, which purists deem as an abandonment of his classical music roots. Thank you for making it clear how unfair it is to criticize him for it, and how it is precisely his crossover which is making the younger generations appreciate the classical music he calls “home”.

    • Hang on, Galina, hang on – Parts 3 and 5 have not even been published yet! That’s where I shall explore David Garrett’s approach to music … But of course I am pleased if you have been able to read all this between the lines so far. Thank you for following my blog and adding your comment, I really appreciate it.

  2. Fabienne, thank you for your wonderful blog, both Parts 1 and 2 on David. You seem to feel in your soul exactly what so many thousands, if not millions of people also feel about this incredible artist. It is hard to describe exactly his appeal, but it is a Great one, and a feeling of truth and righteousness and honesty in all he does. I personally would never call he himself GOD, but I do believe there is a divinity to his music, and to himself. He definitely is not easily dismissed as a true artist … and man.

    • Thank you for your message of appreciation, Debbie. You are right, it is hard to describe David Garrett’s appeal – but I’m having so much fun trying.

  3. My reply!!! I am speechless! I once said, myself, to someone that David was ‘a God’, she got angry with me and said there was only one God! Well of course there is, I do realize this but my goodness what you have written here is absolutely amazing. I adore what you have said!!! I never thought of David and what he represents in quite this manner. I have said that classical music was God’s music and David surely one of his angels, but your impression is phenomenal, what a way to think of David! You have made an incredible point. I am so thrilled to have found your blog Ms. Fabienne Wolf!
    I have also often thought, How could one man have so much? So much talent, personality, sense of humor, business sense and looks … a man of pure perfection. Is this possible? Well it surely seems to be in David Garrett, a divine heavenly being!
    You asked if the fascination fades, it has not for me just gotten more manageable! I have gotten angry over silly things that he has done but my awe and admiration for this man have never faded. Thank you for your amazing words and thoughts, looking very forward to #3!!!

    • What a moving comment, Jaqueline … thank you very much. I must confess myself intrigued by the ‘silly things’ you mention. I have not yet found any evidence of these and wonder what you are referring to.

  4. It’s always such a pleasure to read you Fabienne, you are able to point out the slightest details as the biggest truths in him. I am not religious but since I know him I am beginning to think that something there should be out there…

    • So nice to hear that you enjoy my writing, Marina. Thanks for letting me know! You could think about “something out there” like this: It isn’t just out there, but inside us too. In all our thoughts, words and actions … and there will always be those who, like David, make its light more visible than most.

      • I agree that he is extraordinary, there is something fascinating and mesmerizing about him and the way he puts it into music. I’m not religious, my approach is “scientific” 🙂 I guess that he meets his listeners’ certain psychological needs, few of those parallely, perhaps it is the secret of the fascination 🙂

        • Lily, your comment gives me the welcome opportunity to add my favourite quotes by Albert Einstein, whose approach to life was undeniably scientific. He said:
          “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”
          and:
          “My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds.”

          • (Well, it’s a researcher speaking in me 🙂 ) but I agree with Einstein in that second sentence. Thank you for posting

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