Lizzo is an expert flautist and was left speechless to see one of her idols wishing her for Christmas.
After receiving a special message from renowned flutist Sir James Galway, Lizzo broke down in tears. The 34-year-old singer of "About Damn Time" posted a video of Galway playing the flute and singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" in front of a fully lit Christmas tree on her Instagram Story on Sunday. "Merry Christmas Lizzo, from your number one fan," At the end of the video, Galway proudly raises his arm and exclaims with a big smile. Lizzo wrote on the video, "Y'ALL — SIR James Galway wished ME a Merry Christmas 😱😱😱"
She demonstrated precisely how deeply the statement touched her in a second Instagram Story post. She can be seen wiping away tears and weeping while questioning, "Is that f**king James? Is that f**king James Galway?", reports PEOPLE. Lizzo said on "CBS Sunday Morning" in 2019 that the reason she was so passionate about studying the flute at a young age was because it was "a very difficult instrument." She continued, "So, I remember in the fifth grade, I just wanted to be really good. I was, like, 'I want to be really good at the flute. Everybody else is so bad.' And it was so hard to be good at it. It's a very difficult instrument. I became, like, obsessed with being good." When the Grammy-winning musician performed in late September using a 200-year-old flute that formerly belonged to former American President James Madison, she made history. During a trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., where the precious crystal flute is kept, she had the chance to play it.
NOBODY HAS EVER HEARD THIS FAMOUS CRYSTAL FLUTE BEFORE— FOLLOW @YITTY (@lizzo) September 28, 2022
NOW YOU HAVE
IM THE FIRST & ONLY PERSON TO EVER PLAY THIS PRESIDENTIAL 200-YEAR-OLD CRYSTAL FLUTE— THANK YOU @librarycongress ❤️ pic.twitter.com/VgXjpC49sO
In the interview with Tracy Smith on CBS, she shed light on how she grew up to love playing the flute, saying, " But I learned how to play, like, "The Carnival of Venice," which is, like, this really showboaty, braggadocious flute virtuosic solo piece by the seventh grade. That was my eighth-grade audition piece for high school, which was insane. And I learned that, like, by osmosis basically, by listening to it, by tryin' to get the sounds down. And then I would read the sheet music. I wanted to be the best at a very young age." She continued, "So, it was kind of reverse. And, like, by the time I got private lessons, they were like, "Whoa, like, where did you learn technique? "You're like a wild horse. And that's an amazing thing, 'cause you have all this power. And you have all this style. But we need to give you some technique." And so I had to actually go back and learn how to, like, play notes properly when I got older. It's wild."
Lizzo was quite busy in 2022. In addition to a hugely successful tour and her most recent album, "Special," which was nominated for record of the year at the Grammys, the singer also made a significant acquisition: her first home. The performer called the acquisition a "milestone" and recalled sleeping in her car barely ten years prior. "Yeah. Whoo! Staying in, like people's rooms, and sleeping on their couches," she said. "And now on this past tour, which I was blessed to you know, stay in really nice places, but I was still like, 'I miss my house. I can't wait to come back home to my bed.' And I was like, 'This is the first time I've ever said this.'"
Moreover, her television audition for backup dancers, "Watch Out for the Big Grrrls," was a success and won three Emmys. She was in awe. At the award ceremony she said, "When I was a little girl, all I wanted to see was me in the media: someone fat like me, Black like me, beautiful like me." However, those who are familiar with her are not surprised by her accomplishments.