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  • (Cello music)

  • (Music ends)

  • On the flight here,

  • I was reminded about my mom.

  • I'm a self-taught cellist, I've never had a lesson.

  • I studied double bass, but I just picked up the cello and started playing

  • because I love doing it.

  • But my mom was an inspiration to me.

  • I did not realize she was an inspiration,

  • because she got her music degree through a mail-order course,

  • the US School of Music.

  • While raising two kids,

  • she received a lesson a week in the mail,

  • and practiced.

  • And at the end of a couple of years, she put on a recital.

  • And I'll be 50 this month, and it took me that long to realize

  • that she was that big of an inspiration.

  • I'm just going to keep -- yeah, thanks, mom.

  • (Applause)

  • She's also one of the most extraordinary people I know,

  • beyond being a wonderful musician.

  • I want to play a little bit for mom and your moms as well, actually.

  • (Cello music)

  • (Music ends)

  • You know, when you normally hear a cello, you think of this.

  • (Plays Bach Cello Suite No.1)

  • We're not going to do that today.

  • (Laughter and applause)

  • (Drums)

  • (Cello)

  • Hey!

  • (Looped samples of onstage sounds)

  • (Cello music and looped samples)

  • (Music ends)

  • (Applause and cheers)

(Cello music)

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