Playing music with friends over Thanksgiving has pushed me to reorder my schedule to find even more time to play. And – no surprise here – I’ve loved it. I’m reacquainting myself with some of the playing of Norman Blake (check out the Nashville Blues video below of Norman and the Rising Fawn String Ensemble) and other musicians I admire.
In the delightful book Practicing, author and musician Glenn Kurtz says,
For me, sitting down to play has very little to do with discipline. “It isn’t just education and discipline that makes one so devoted to work…it is simple joy. It is one’s natural sense of well-being, to which nothing else can compare.” Love of music brings me to the practice room.
I am finding that joy in playing again and it is a wonderful feeling.
So I’m off to play a bit now, and then tomorrow evening I’ll be at the Celtic Christmas concert of the Institute of Musical Traditions for some great acoustic guitar by Al Petteway and Robin Bullock. If you’re in the Washington, DC area stop by and support live music.
More to come…