Keeping ourselves, me included, motivated over the long haul takes some effort. One way is to spend some time witnessing master artists doing their thing.
I just spent a few days in NYC doing just that.
On New Years Eve I witnessed 2 jazz masters and an upcoming young man make inspired music. How Eric Harland plays the way he does is beyond me. Chris Potter? Wow. Pianist James Francies has a left hand I dreamed I used to have.
Then I was transported by the Ailey Live troupe. The music of pianist Don Pullen was revived with a stunning group of male dancers. Followed up with the steamiest version of Ravel's Bolero imaginable.
Saturday afternoon at the MET featured conductor Sir Simon Rattle and singer Magdalena Kožená as Octavian. What delicious fun. Even from the cheap seats.
What have you seen recently?
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.