Rick Beauregard wrote: ↑
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:56 pm
Welcome back Rog. Just returned from Desolation Sound myself, AND I think I sold my boat, so my sailing days may be finished but not really.
They say the two happiest days of a boat-owner's life is when he buys the boat and when he sells the boat. For me, it is still a inescapable addiction ,as is music, and we hope to sail until the bones no longer work. Thanks for the welcome! But, back to the subject . . . I have had quite a bit of time to think about music and little time to play since June but the concept of maturation and personality have become increasingly more evident for me in the life of a performing musician. When we think of Art with the German Expressionists, the lush colors and mystery of Gauguin's Tahitian paintings, the grotesque depictions of humanity by Hieronymous Bosch and the stunning portraits of the Renaissance Painters, we can see how maturation and personality are necessary to create a personal Art. Some in music tend to forget that although time in a practice room is necessary to achieve skill . . . without growing as a human being and becoming a sensorium for the world around you, your Art will be dry, lifeless and without color. One of my favorite performance pieces is Beethoven's "Pathetique." And, the reason is that every time I play it some new insight uncovers. It is not a dead blot of notes on a page but a living, breathing organism that awaits release from the paper. We Classical Guitarists, in my opinion, are very different from other musicians in that many of us tend to think we can exist in the vacuum of a practice room and then bloom on the stage. This, of course, goes against reason and is evident when many perform. When we look at the great artists of the past who lived wide and varied lives it becomes even more apparent. So, when we are aware that a piece of music is never really finished, we understand that a good musician is always evolving and will never reach a complete understanding of serious music. Playing again . . . Rognvald
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra