thanks for forwarding that article! really great. it reinforces my strong belief that studying music as a child will change your life and will change your perception of the world...permanently. irrespective of whether you continue with music as an adult. interestingly, in my early 20's i busked a few times a week in NYC subway stations and then in san francisco BART. both because i was broke and because i thought it would help my lifelong problem with paralysing stage fright. in BART, 2hrs of busking and i would go home with $50 which i thought was great (given that i made $6 hr at my part-time job). it totally killed my stage fright. i realized that no one gave a rat's ass how perfect or imperfect my technique was, because most people didn't even notice me. when someone did stop and listen, i knew that they just appreciated the music and i so grateful for their fleeting attention i would play better and forget to be scared.