some people have talent - even great talent - for what they do. but some people have a gift ... it goes beyond ability into something deeper and rarer. you can find it across the board in any field. take writers - lots of best selling novelists, with a talent for storytelling, but very few with the spellbinding gift of gaiman, or rowling.
i think there is a boy with a gift, a real gift, this year on american idol. oh, don't look at me like that... i know i'm not the only one who sits on my couch and fast forwards three quarters of the show. curtis and i sit and make our own judgemental comments (feeling entitled, of course, because he's a genuine muscian and i'm a small time vocalist), largely dismissing people out of hand, wondering why they made it this far. but this boy, david, brought silence to our livingroom. a gift, i'm telling you.