I'd like to take Chopin's quote "My God! What a child! Nobody has ever understood me as this child has...It is not imitation, it is the same sentiment, an instinct that makes him play without thinking as if it could not have been any other way. He plays almost all my compositions without having heard me [play them], without being shown the smallest thing - not exactly like me [because he has his own cachet], but certainly not less well."
I've had music teachers tell me that when I play a piece, I have to tell a story, well how do I do it? These teachers teach me techniques like contrast. If you play a repeated line or something you have to play it piano if you played it forte and vice versa. And these things about wrist movements. But all that feels random, I can play the piece how many different ways but how do I play it like Carl? whom this quote is directed towards.