I have been obsessed with breath recently. I’m sure that part of it is the 100+ degree heat wave that’s come to Kansas City and made breathing outside so difficult. I’m also sure that part of it has to do with the amount of yoga I’ve been doing recently. If all the exercise I ever did were awarded for making playing easier, I’m pretty sure yoga would get a gold medal.
That said, I’ve been reading articles like these:
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Articles like these really get me thinking about how spiritual something like practicing often is. I know that a lot of us seem to think that being a musician is “just something that we do,” but when we look beyond the surface it’s very closely related to religion and meditation. It required focus and intention, not to mention hard work, patience, and a lot of self-examination. Is i possible that we often subvert what we do out of frustration or aggravation? That moment in the practice room where we think, “Why can’t I get this?” or “It’s not THAT hard!! WHAT is wrong with me?!”
Making music thoughtfully, mindfully, and creatively requires a lot of spiritual investment from us. We can’t do that if we don’t really believe that what we are doing is worthwhile, and that we are worthy to make music. In whatever capacity you play, you are worthy to do it as long as you are willing to commit yourself.