Tom Ward—Classical Guitarist Street Performance Par Excellence

By Oliver Damian

Classical guitarist Tob Ward plays a drunken Hungarian waltz and Italian folk song, on a lovely summer's day in Sydney's Pitt Street Mall. Seeing Ward's performance reminds me of what Jordan Peterson says about how life appears to be a balancing act between order and chaos. Too much order brings stagnation and being stuck in the past. On the other hand we can drown in too much chaos where nothing worthwhile can be done and simply fall into despair.

The beauty of this surfing on the edges of chaos and order can most profoundly be observed in watching people like Tom Ward practice their craft. I could see that Tom is already playing perfectly. Yet every now and then he steps into the edge of chaos take a risk to make his craft even more perfect. These leaps of creative risk come with the cost that it could go wrong. Instead of surfing the wave, it could all collapse or the wave can simply spit the surfer out. Yet without a continual pursuit of this liminal space between order and chaos, would we have the beautiful dynamic complexity of life as we know it?

Tom Ward—Classical Guitarist Street Performance Par Excellence