101 things I learned in music school… in no particular order #4

#4  A good musician will take you somewhere

I think back to sitting in the recital hall every Tuesday. All music majors are required to attend and watch their colleagues perform. 

When you see the performer onstage you can feel everything they’re feeling – tension, anxiety, excitement.. 

Only a few times did I experience a true performance. The one where the performer just walks on stage and tells you a story. I don’t literally mean they’re talking to the audience – rather they’re omitting pure expression through their playing… as if it was as easy as talking. I get chills just thinking about a few of those performances. 

And if that performer is really good, you’ll be pulled in – somewhere in your mind. Maybe a memory deep in your conscious, or a feeling that takes over your being. And for however many minutes, you forget about what catastrophe happened that morning and get to fully. live. the present moment. 

Now that. is. a performance.Image

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101 things I learned in music school… in no particular order #3

#3 Anyone has the capability to be a great singer if they commit themselves.

Now to be extraordinary I might argue you have to get ahead of the curve at an early age – but being a great singer is an easy equation. You need large helpings of confidence. Make that a physical TON of confidence, and add to that hours upon hours of singing with good technique.

tah dah!

ok, I didn’t say it was easy