Béla Fleck appeared this past Monday on the This I Believe segment of NPR’s Morning Edition program. The concept behind these recurring segments is to air radio essays from non-radio people, who write and read their contributions for the show.
Béla talks about what he believes, which turns out to be doing things his own way when it comes to writing music and playing the banjo.
Much of my individualist, bone-headed nature comes from my grandfather.
Opa grew up in New York’s rough-and-tumble Lower East Side, didn’t go to college, but owned and ran two successful businesses: a restaurant and a car wash. He figured out what he wanted to do, and how to do it without studying a manual. He used his own creativity to solve problems as they came up.
You can read or hear Béla’s essay on the NPR web site.