Your Time to Play
Sometimes the toughest thing about going somewhere is just starting. You have to get past the mental blocks and the reasons why not. After you commit to the first step, then you will be in motion. Consistency and dedication will get you the rest of the way.
Progressing through life can be painful. If you seek to achieve, then there is the pain of training, which is accompanied by hopes and dreams. If you try to avoid the pain of discipline, then there will be the pain of regret, much heavier and more difficult to bear.
One of the reasons that music students typically do well academically is because of their training in observing detail. To play even a simple classical piece requires focused observation of notes, fingering, timing, and phrasing. In life, this translates to paying attention to the little things that show you care, that can prevent a slight miscalculation that results in a tragedy, and that over time leads to excellence.
From time to time it’s important to review previously learned works, to look back, and see how far you’ve come. Perhaps farther than you thought, perhaps not far enough. Here you gain new perspective and new realizations.
Everyone wants a happy ending – like a symphony arriving at a proud perfect finale. But life isn’t always like that. There are imperfect cadences and the rude interrupted cadence that leaves you unsettled and wondering what is next.
A recital is an accomplishment of work and a celebration. How should a performance best be measured with the varied reactions that come from audiences? At the end of the day the performer himself must have the confidence and satisfaction of a job done to the best of his ability.