This story really spoke to me on different levels.
Mostly because, this is a human interest story of an artist that has stayed with his art through all the turmoil in his life. All of us artist go through different periods of struggle and success, this takes it to another level.
A one-time Julliard music student, has now succumbed to a mental disorder and is forced to live on the streets, although he has kept his passion of music alive.
The fact that music was my first love, is another reason this strikes a chord with me (sorry).
This story has the feel of a couple of my all time favorite movies: Shine, Geoffrey Rush portrays the mentaly ill pianist, David Helfgott. Also, August Rush, the story of an orphaned musical prodigy.
I’m a sucker for a great human interest story, and if it’s about music and art, I’m done.
L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez did a terrific story on Mr. Ayers. It is definitely worth a read. Also, see a video clip of the recording session below.
Article in L.A. Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lopez3-2010feb03,0,3503177.column
To see the video of the recording session: http://kcet.org/socal/2010/02/the-soloist-in-a-duet.html