This video is taken from the 2011 Commencement at the Juilliard School in New York. The speaker was composer John Adams. He speaks very eloquently about the role of arts in today’s society as well as the divergent path we choose as artists. His words are uplifting and a reminder of why we do what we do.
I haven’t written a post in a LONG time. I suppose there are a number of reasons for that.
I’ve been practicing a lot. I’m taking lessons and my teacher has been giving me a lot of work that takes a lot of time to get through (at least at first). I’ve had a really great time studying and I’m getting a better idea of where I am and what I have to do to get to where I want to be. Although, it’s frustrating at times, overall it’s a joyful experience and I feel like I’m making progress.
I’ve been in physical therapy. My back is jacked from years of playing with poor posture and also from tweaking my back while moving a king bed up a flight of stairs when I moved into my current place. That’s been going well and I’m learning a lot about the bad postural habits I have while playing, how to be aware of them, and what to do to help correct those habits.
I’ve been thinking a lot about music, but haven’t gotten to the point where I can really clearly articulate those thoughts (although that hasn’t stopped me in the past!). Being a freelance musician puts you in a lot of different playing situations and has the benefit of helping you be more versatile, but it can also obscure your ideas of what you’re trying to achieve as a musician (and human being).
I feel like the blog has been kind of pedantic and when stepping back from it, I feel like I need to do a LOT more work before I can even think of being an authority, expert, master, guru about anything. With that said, I have some exercises I’ve written for students I might share in the future if there’s any interest.
Hopefully, I can get back into the groove of writing more regularly and sharing my musical journey with you.