In my estimation, I’ve never excelled as a musician, and this has caused great angst for me. Perhaps I never refined my craft, because other things always took greater precedence, but perhaps it’s just because I didn’t have enough talent. It could be that I just lacked the discipline.
As a part of my discipline to look at my musicianship more positively, I recognize that through my mother’s investment ensuring that I practiced 30 minutes daily, for 9 years, I’ve been able to secure employment as an accompanist since I was 16 years of age. Additionally, I can sit down to play for enjoyment, something I haven’t done for years, because of becoming a mother, because of it creating intolerable “noise” in the house.
Music isn’t a solo sport. Yes, it’s enjoyable to privately experience music, but for me, it’s even more enjoyable to share music with others. So, I’m sight reading and posting some songs that I learned when taking piano lessons. It is so surreal to play through the books and see the notes that my late piano teacher, Marie Burnette tediously provided for me in each lesson.
Here’s to sharing what we have, rather than focusing on what we haven’t achieved.