My tennis mentor, ping pong enthusiast, stand-up comic, songwriter and stage performer Joe Marshall sadly moved away from me. I miss him and his great counseling on the court, so now we are limited to email. However Joe recently sent me a little story and video about his son, who is extraordinarily talented. This is a justifiable Proud Papa tale. And it makes me feel that jugglers aren’t really appreciated for all the years they train to do something you can see in just a minute or two. Be sure to keep watching past 49 seconds, when the super hard stuff begins.
This is a video of my son, Nate Marshall. He is a very popular touring singer/songwriter, along with his wife….they are billed as Nate and Kate. Nate is a self-taught musician, plays guitar, harmonica, piano, and banjo, all at a very high level…..to give you an idea…if you’ve ever heard John Popper’s song “Runaround” with the fabulous harmonica, Nate plays that exactly WHILE he is also playing the guitar part….but his song-writing is terrific, he is known for his sensitive poetry and social comment but he can rock too.
Nate has an alter-ego: NATE THE GREAT….you see he is a world-class juggler…he juggles 7 balls at once AS PART OF THE ROUTINE…he has also “qualified” juggling 8 and 9 balls (qualifying means at least 2 full times around for each ball without a drop….so 18 throws and catches qualifies you for 9 balls)…he has “flashed” ten, and has it on film…10 throws, ten catches, without a drop….He learned to juggle 3 as a kid (7 years old)…he was always a good athlete in baseball, soccer, and schoolyard games….he picked up the guitar at 16, the piano at 21, the harmonica at 18, the banjo after the piano….this video was made when he was about 25….his juggling skills are even better now. He is 30, and works for a very reasonable price….they have a special kids’ show that includes juggling and music….he is a really nice guy, too, (takes after his mom)
Something else I meant to say about Nate is that he could juggle three until he was 20, but at 20, he saw some guys in Chicago juggling seven, so he said, “I wanna do that’ It took him five years, but at the same time he was studying music theory, teaching lessons (he is a fine teacher of all his skills and is in demand), and writing, learning new instruments, arranging four albums, and touring…and all the business work that goes with it.