There are many reasons we phase out of doing something we love, and often we don’t notice how far we’ve strayed until we’re long gone.
I was in the garden, watering, when my neighbour’s piano-playing filtered through like the ghost of an old friend. This neighbour and I had never met, but we’d shared the same taste in piano music and I’d come to imagine a nice girl with long black hair behind the keys. Un Sospiro, La voix de l’instrument, only she’d continued her daily practice.
I had the urge to march through their lawn and ring that doorbell, and compliment the perseverance of this brave and interesting (hypothetical) girl I’ve been connecting with. Of course, confrontation isn’t my style, so what I did was march past my own lawn and into my own piano studio, to practice the Italian Polka that I haven’t touched in ages.
I’m sharing this story because I’d thought my Chopin Nocturnes wanted to stay off the stage for good. That is, until I’d come across Trisha Miltimore’s work on igniting passion and heard my neighbour’s impassioned drilling on ten right-hand notes, that I used to do so long ago as well.
The first lesson here is that those ‘boring’ scales you play or listen to might be the very thing you miss in five years’ time, so enjoy the moment. Musicians and piano teachers burn out– that’s cool. Take a break and get back on your game.
The second lesson, is that you can make anything happen, if you wanted to. So I’m thinking that I can create a different kind of stage to share music on, with the Artiden community.
Trisha has great energy for igniting passions (like a no-nonsense personal cheerleader!), so I asked her for her top three tips on igniting a passion, in case you need that kick as much as I do. Here’s what she says.