Bernie Williams

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Former New York Yankee Bernie Williams describes how his talent at playing baseball was directly influenced by his musical training and his deep understanding of the similarities between musical artistry and athletic performance. Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Musical and Athletic Performance, written with Dave Gluck and Bob Thompson, includes a series of conversations, narratives, and sidebars to reveal the influence of music and its rhythms on the game of baseball.


Bernie Williams

Comments [6]


to mr. gluck, i do believe there is, simultaneous hemisphere interaction as well. the either or model,is a bit too simplistic.

Jun. 29 2011 12:00 AM
David Gluck from Beacon, NY

As the other co-author of the book, I feel that one of the most profound links between the athletes and musicians is knowing how to directly access the knowledge and skill at the time of performance, in essence, knowing when to use the right-brain, and when to use the left.

Jun. 28 2011 12:45 PM
Anonymous from Austin

Artist Matthew Barney calls this dynamic "positive restraint." He makes similar connections between athletics and visual art.

Jun. 28 2011 12:29 PM
Bob Thompson from Valhalla, NY

As co-author with Bernie of this book, both comments are right-on. The flow state that elite athletes and musicians experience is virtually the same!

Jun. 28 2011 12:28 PM
Chris Heins from Far Hills, NJ

I'm a golfer, pianist and classical guitarist, and having music of a certain rhythm in mind DEFINITELY helps one's swing. "Edel---Weiss" for example is perfect for a two count golf swing!

Jun. 28 2011 12:17 PM
Charles Imbimbo from Teaneck

I think the parallel between music and sports has to do with the state of "flow," i.e. being in the zone or a state of mindful attention while playing.

Jun. 28 2011 12:15 PM

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