I tend to think of life as happening in seasons. Currently, I suppose I am regenerating my musician skills. I’ve had a hand injury severely limiting my motion since last September, but it’s effecting me less and less. And now as I move forward I’m sort of rethinking everything I do musically.
I’ve been honored to have the opportunity to play with several talented musicians as of lately (mostly in a practice/jam session setting). People varying in style, experience, instruments, etc… I’ve enjoyed playing, as well as just hanging out with each of them. It’s given me an opportunity to understand where my limits are, and how to stretch them. I’ve been able to branch out into areas I’ve been meaning to explore. I’ve been able to both teach and learn. And that makes me happy.
I’ve also sort of mentally reinstated a big motivation behind playing music in general: to connect with people. I haven’t been getting out very much (in a musical sense), and I’ve always been a little obsessive about practicing parts on my own. It’s great to be prepared, but part of that preparation needs to involve playing with other people. There’s a special kind of bond that happens when you play with other people and it just works. Music is so unique and interesting in that way.
Somehow it seems like music is so much easier to do in the summer. maybe it’s the vitamin D everyone is soaking up here in good ol’ upstate New York (as opposed to our shorter winter days). But anyhow, I intend to make the most out of the summer, and to continue thereafter. If you have been a part of this season in my life, thank you! And if not, perhaps we will reconnect soon 😀
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
-1 Peter 4:10 (ESV)