We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I've listened to classical pianists for decades and know talent and technique.
As admirable as Derek is, he's could never compete with highly polished classical performers.
People are condescendingly fawning over him simply because he's handicapped.
You've 'listened', therefore you 'know' '...highly polished classical performers' are just that - PERFORMERS who've practiced a given piece for years on end in order to present it for a nod from an afficiando such as yourself. My dear, late aunt was a wonderful concert pianist who was hard-pressed to bang out chopsticks if it wasn't in print on the stand.
Condescendingly fawning? I think not. This gentle man (purportedly) cannot display three fingers upon request but can sit down and run complicated modulations/key changes/chord progressions flawlessly DESPITE his handicap(s). I'd strongly suggest listening to his rendition of 'Girl from Ipanema' on YouTube. Seamless key changes/progressions! I hope you might have an appreciation for the deep intricacy involved; but then again, being a mere 'listener' it my elude you.