Ladd Everitt's Birthday and I sent him birthday greetings via Facebook. Then he asked for a 30 second piece for his birthday. Where to begin? The time limit was one guiding constraint, albeit a severe one. Did I need to do this today? Why yes it is his birthday. I needed a theme, an emotion, or a key please. I looked at his name and decided to explore the interval of the fourth A - D. Quickly I decided to toss in an F# and I began playing around.
After 40 minutes, a piece had arrived and a rough recording was made on my portable mp3 recorder. This recording is less than perfect yet was made in a spirit of goodwill and joy. I sent him a drop box link and set off for a walk with my wife. I am amazed with the ease of which I released this recording. No worrying or negative judgement about the lack of time or that it's a mps or I am not worthy of sending this off. A slight concern about him 'liking' the piece, but this is not up to me. My response was important; just shrugging off any trace of fear and allowing what I do to enrich a good man's Birthday.
During our walk I told me wife about this. I had said I wanted to explore and stretch during this time off from work. I brought Pedro de Alcantara's book Integrated Practice with me as a potential source of ideas to play with. But I never thought that a simple Birthday wish would provide the stimulus. What other contexts might arise this week to provide the impetus for learning and growing?
I am grateful for my response to Ladd's request yesterday. In less than 38 minutes after his request, I honored his request without judgement of myself and no
notice of fear; just a bit of love being sent out to a good man.