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Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

: Playing by ear

Composer Carlos Simon Courtesy of the artist

Carlos Simon learned to play piano by ear, playing hymns in the church that his father started. Over those years, he learned that music had the ability to reach people on an emotional and spiritual level. On Wednesday's episode of Performance Today, hear an homage to a family's deep spiritual roots: "Amen" by Carlos Simon.

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