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Pain and Practice/The stress of performance

on February 12, 2011

The gig in Lake Charles was postponed until the 25th.  Thank goodness, because Houston had 800 auto wrecks on the morning I was to be headed to Louisiana.  Also, it gives me 3 more weeks to practice.  Now, it is down to 2.  So, the stress is building again.

Question of the day.  Why do I do this?   My body aches whenever I practice.  Sometimes, I have to wear a brace on my arm between sessions.  My husband says my personality changes (for the worse) when I am practicing for a concert.  I don’t see it, so who is to say.  I put my life on hold when preparing for a concert.  Business gets pushed aside, the house chores go undone.  Forget FB, and Twitter.  Lunch dates with friends are out.  So, again, why do I do this?

Something about the performance.  It is exhilarating!  After all the hard work, to strive for a “perfect” performance, that is played with feeling and surrounded by the other musicians doing the same; The concentration level achieved; the audience listening and applauding; the anticipation;  All this adds up to one of the best “feel good” moments I have ever had.

So, yes, the pain is worth the final concert.

MaryV

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