There has always been some connection between music and madness. The composer Robert Schumann spent the last years of his life in a mental institution. Beethoven exhibited characteristics of an unstable person. Mozart was certainly a case.
This has gotten into films. Geoffrey Rush played a pianist who had been ruined by mental illness. The real character made a comeback, but fell short. A recent book, The Soloist profiled a very talented cellist who's a schizophrenic. There was a segment on him last night on Sixty Minutes.
When I was doing research for this book, I ran across a teacher who was very hard on her students. One one of her students I used as model for the homeless man, Ben:
Henry bent over him [Ben]. "When are you getting back to your piano, Ben?"Are artists a little on the edge of sanity?
Ben played an imaginary piano with his hands, "They don't want me to."
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