Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Just last night PMAC hosted its Adult Student Departmental Workshop for the spring 2008 session. We have two of these each year, one in the fall, one in the spring. It is an opportunity for adults who take private music lessons at PMAC to play music for each other and share their experiences as an adult music student.
What struck me, is that one adult told their story of how they got back into music after getting their kids involved - and then the next said, "hey, that's my story" as did one or two other people. But I think the reality is, though we have similar tales, I bet each story is actually unique.
We all have a story about our creative lives. What we did or didn't do as a child - what we were encouraged to do, discouraged from doing, whatever. All of our experiences shape our lives. Some of these experiences are traumatic - keeping us from fulfilling a dream such as playing a musical instrument. Some are just stories of "life getting in the way."
Whatever your story, I want you to know that if you love music, there is NO reason why you shouldn't be making music right now. The music YOU want to make. If you were told as a child that you could only play classical piano, but you really wanted to rock out - well, now YOU are the boss, and you should find the time to learn to rock out on the piano.
We all have fears about learning something new. That is probably a topic best saved for another blog post. Regardless of any fears you carry, you can learn to make music. And learning with others, in ensemble environments, is an amazing way to go.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
How do you handle stress?
Monday, May 26, 2008
- Learning and making music utilizes parts of the brain that keep our thinking sharp and vital
- Playing a musical instrument is good for maintaining strong motor skills late in life
- Playing music in an ensemble provides a person with regular, positive social interaction
- The physical act of playing a musical instrument is in fact a way to keep your body in shape
- Having a creative outlet later in life is good for our spirit, our mental well being
These are all interesting, and there are many more reasons just like them - but they are not really that important to me. I think you should make music because everyone should experience the wonder, joy, excitment and more of music. Isn't that enough?
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Sometimes, our creativity seems to dry up. We get in a rut. We run out of ideas, loose our passion. I don't claim to have answers on how to return that passion, that creativity to our lives. But my experience is that when this happens, one of the best ways to regain our creative selves is to seek out "creation" opportunities that are not our norm. As a musician, when I'm feeling burned out, tired, unispired, I will revitalize myself through active involvement in another creative activity. Writing, drawing, painting - whatever. This seems to jumpstart my musicality by giving me a fresh way to express myself. A new perspective for seeing the world.
What is your alternative outlet? Where do you go to recharge, reinvigorate, renew?
Friday, May 23, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Other great concerts this year:
Medeski, Martin and Wood
John Zorn with Masada
The Molenes - CD Release Party
True Colors 2008 tour - featuring Regina Spektor (FINALLY!), B-52s and Cyndi Lauper (end of this month)
I'm planning on getting back on the blog bandwagon. Sorry for the absence as of late. It's been a busy, busy year.