Sunday, December 26, 2010
Why I Play Music
I was finally able to sleep in a couple of extra hours today. The Holiday demands of both my professional and personal life now being met. Yesterday I woke with an invading microbe looking to live within my body. So I did slip in some rest yesterday, while still tending to our Christmas celebration.
Today I needed to rest, and I have. A gentle morning followed by an afternoon nap. A cold, windy, and snowy Sunday keeping me inside to rest and stay warm. Earlier, while resting, I was reflecting on why I play music? On some level I know the answer, yet today I found it a good time to reflect on how I live my life.
So in my journal I asked the question - "What are my motivations for making music?"
- The healing that my practice of music has given me.
- The healing that my practice of music has given others.
- My love of learning and the different opportunities my study
of music has exposed to me.
- The joy, peace, and sense of well being my practice brings to
- The wonderful and amazing people, to whom this pursuit has
After writing this I picked up my guitar for the first time since early Friday morning. Gently allowing the opening notes of Gathered Hearts to resonate as I sang along. Making no great demands on myself, I was just playing and listening. As I allowed my body to release with the Alexander Technique directions, the tone of my guitar sweetened. Moving onto Dancin' Free I watched the swirling snow through my window. Pausing at times to hear certain intervals of this piece, I sang them, and then resumed my playing. Forgetting my tiredness as I connected with Music; my body, heart, & mind united in the moment. Yes this is why I play.