December 9, 2015
Holiday Gift Giving
“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another” – George Elliott
“When you play, never mind who listens to you.” ― Robert Schumann
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” ― Albert Einstein
These quotes jumped out at me – all by great artists – one painted with words, one with music and one with math.
This is the time of year when many are emboldened to play out of their practice space. Many are perhaps more motivated than at any other time of the year. Which is convenient since there are so many more opportunities to play during the holidays of the shorter days.
Be encouraged by the spirit of the season, the crispness of the air, the general openness of people to festive experiences. Share your music, your gift, and that little piece of yourself that you impart when you play for others.
Share your energy – the influence of your loving human soul - to the extent you are comfortable (or maybe just a little farther from your comfort?). Don’t worry about people listening to you – never mind who listens to you - but maybe share beyond the curtains and the cats. Don’t worry about being not perfect, about embarrassing yourself. You won’t – you’ll hear the compliments paid honestly, from people who are grateful for your sharing. Accept this praise not only of your music but also for touching someone else in a positive way. The compliment is them showing you that they understand.
And what better gift can you give and receive at the holidays?