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Friday, January 15, 2010

What It Means To Be A Musician

Musicians are performers...right? Maybe not, maybe they're really listeners. I remember when I used to perform live people would say to me "Where do you go?" They were referring to the silence that always preceded the concert. I was totally focused on the music I was about to play, and not just the music itself, but to the ideal of giving it my utmost, and I wasn't afraid to take the few moments I needed before I started to play. It always payed off for me. From the point of vew of the audience I sort of disappeared (though physically present on stage). What was I doing? I was tuning into what was the very highest part of myself, so that I could then give that to my listeners. There's a musician in all of us. It's that part of us that hears "life" in our own unique way, and then expresses what we've heard to others.


  1. Betsy, Sebastian Bach is my favorite composer!
    I dabbled in music, and I did some performing choirs, chorale, but painting ultimately won. The discipline is similar though.
    Thanks for the "follow!"

  2. Bach was certainly a master at his craft wasn't he?