Friday, December 16, 2022

Mr. Yo-Yo Ma Musician



Mr. Yo-Yo Ma

c/o Sound Postings

11 Water Street, Suite 2b

Arlington, MA  02476

Dear Mr. Yo-Yo Ma,

My name is Matt Winick, an Asian American from Ann Arbor, Michigan and I have a strong interest in learning history and social justice. In these subjects, I like to learn the need for civil rights to be stronger to reduce discrimination, protect the environment from pollution, expand on social justice to improve communities, and many others. Mr. Yo-Yo Ma, the main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work as a cello artist and your activism to improve society to be very inspiring me.

Some of my favorite works of your music are The Mission: Gabriel’s Oboe,  Honor Song, The Swan from Carnival of the Animals, The Missions: The Falls, and many others . Also I like on how you make classical songs including other songs have creativity with a nice flow of music. Another thing is I like on how you team up with different artists including singers to help make their songs fun with a nice message about life or peaceful. Besides your work as an artist, I truly appreciate on how you are a strong supporter of civil rights including people with disabilities’ rights causes to reduce discrimination. Also I like on how you use your role as an Asian American to help advocate for Asian Americans’ rights including Asian American with disabilities’ rights, express the need for better funds to help repair the Asian American community, and strongly emphasize the importance of educational awareness about the need to educate people about Asian American culture including history.  Another thing on your activism is how support funds to help improve diversity in the arts to make them be a part of society and heavily support awareness of arts, culture, and music in education.

Mr. Yo- Yo Ma, I have autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different advance subjects, sometimes I struggle to communicate my thoughts, and get teased.  Also another thing that I struggle with a disability is when I have difficulty maintaining friendships where I lose friends due to some friends, some peers of them, and adults get judgmental about me being different from them or have a disability. Sometimes I struggle to understand life when it gets challenge when I want to find ways to improve myself. Your support for civil rights including people with disabilities’ rights causes really inspires me to work hard on my disability.  Also your work on music and making music creative helps give me some inspiration to try to understand life, learn the importance of self love when times get hard, have motivation to try to find different methods to improve myself, and many others. Also being an Asian American with a disability is difficult for me due to some Asians including some Asian Americans get judgmental about me having disability and how they believe that I don’t meet their standards.  Your role as an Asian American and supporting along with advocating for Asian American with disabilities’ rights helps give me some confidence about being an Asian American when I face different challenges.  

I strongly believe that you are a very talented musician. You do such an excellent job making your music have creativity with a nice message. Also I truly appreciate on how you are an activist on improving society.  You have inspire me to work hard on my disability, be a fan of your music, and try to learn life.   I was wondering if you could please give me some advice about working hard on my disability when there are challenges.  Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make a great difference, and inspiring me. Please continue to make a great difference and impact on music and society.


Matt Winick

Also here is a birthday card wishing you a Happy Birthday for Oct 7th.  I included a small donation to help your activism and a picture of me for you to keep as a gift for inspiring me. 


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