The Gift That I have
Ha ha ha ha. Sorry I thought of the corniest title I could think of. It's not the way I think, however.....
3 people at concerts recently have come up to me and said how lucky I was to have been given this gift. Let's dissect this from my point of view.
It's funny because after a bunch of concerts I'm thinking, wow, I sucked! Then someone comes up and says something about a gift!!! :-)
Without getting into 'who gave the gift' the idea of receiving this gift is a little strange to me. First a gift requires very little effort. Pull the bow off and take the gift out and it's yours. So this gift analogy is troubling to me. I don't like it.
Secondly I spend a lot of time thinking I stink on this instrument. So no one gave a gift, because this is so hard for me to do anything on the instrument. So n my mind nobody gave me a gift but rather a curse. I bet a bunch of you think that way.
Now if I was given a gift it was to be born into a family where I could practice. That's the only gift. I wonder how many people way more talented than me are in a war torn country or are in an impoverished country. I bet that number is pretty high.
I wish people knew that to play this instrument has nothing to do with a gift. There are people who work hard on something and become good at it. Then there are those who don't work hard at it. That's it to me. The ones that work hard most likely have an aptitude for it, sure. I think though that comes about when you are a baby for the most part. You know growing up stuff. Being around music. Mozart worked his tail off as a child and so did Tiger Woods and I would think that Gary worked hard at all this. These guys are so 'gifted' because they worked at an early age on all this.
I think if you are a young player, get the 'gift' notion out of your head and just realize that hopefully the gift you have is to have the time to practice a lot. Because that's the only way you are going to get good on this instrument.
That is IM (very) HO.
What do you think?