Just Keep Playing!
Going with the flow of life this week, there was a unexpected turn. I was asked to play the piano for a Retreat at church. Having encountered the tsunami query, a myriad of thoughts and ideas raced through my mind as I mulled over practicing and playing with as few mistakes as possible. Ever my own worst critic, I bemoaned each wrong note played. One of the first things learned when playing a music recital is to keep on going even if there was a mistake. Just keep playing. These words resonated in the back of my mind as I took a deep breath and giant leap of faith that my piano-playing hands would not fail me. People would not notice I told myself.
It was a good that the Retreat spanned four week nights. Each day, I practiced and practiced hoping it would go well. Judging by comments and reports, it did go well and my preparation and practiced paid off. Whew!
One of my favorite quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe came from his work Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship and goes as follows: “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, so speak a few reasonable words.”
The photo which inspires today’s poem came from my talented niece Sally who lives in Costa Rica where she also posts the photos on her blog. Perhaps you will hear some melody when you see her photo as I frequently do.
The Language of the Spirit
Universal language, liquid art.
Mystical and magical alike.
Mankind’s sense of belonging.
Music brings peace and ends strife.
Trying to convey the feelings
which music affords is both
confounding and yet enlightening.
Where words fail, music begins.
Sweet, soothing, harmonious
and collectively touching one’s
soul. Our very essence and
reason for being. Just keep playing!
Note: Thanks to Sally and her inspirational photos and blog Life in Costa Rica. http://rosedevi.blogspot.com/