"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


Performances and performing

Dear J,

Been thinking a lot lately about performances and performing.

Sharing music in performance can be such a strong vehicle for sparking joy--for reminding everyone involved about the juicy vitality just beneath the surface of everyday life.

Sometimes, I lose that awareness of joy.

  Sometimes, I get tangled up in the details, trying my best to  work towards the goal of---in Seth Godin's great phrase--"delivering out-of-the-box-remarkability day after day".

Never mind 'remarkability': sometimes it's hard just to stay current with each day's demands!

Watching some of the  great ukulele videos on youtube (check out James Hill's sparkling performances in particular, J---you'll love them) reminded me today about how important it is, each day,  to nourish my ability to hear.  To listen, in the midst of performing the daily details, as carefully as I listen to a music performance.

To listen, with the same delight that our kids show,  to life.

More,  later.

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