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Simply Clueless

I don't know if it's a symptom of being 20-something years old

Or if I'm actually as lost as I feel most of the time.

But, to be truthful,

There are very few things

I'm certain of

In this life...




I think a lot of good can come from questioning oneself.


I think it's important to tiptoe curiously down a couple of different paths

Before one wholeheartedly delves into anything too deeply.


But most of all,

I think EVERYTHING is far more simple than we make it out to be.

I want you to remember what it was like to be a child.

What brought you the most joy?

What did your parent's friends say about you?

What kind of future were you dreaming up for yourself?


ME?

I loved performing- being in front of a crowd with the sole purpose of sharing joy.

Friend's of my parents had always told them that they knew they'd see me on a bigger stage someday.

And for myself, I was dreaming up a future on a grand Broadway stage in New York (or anywhere in the world). A place where the crowd had gathered to see something so spectacular that they'd delight in being carried away from the monotony of their everyday lives; at least for a couple of hours.

I don't know what I was singing- but my heart was open, I was dressed comfortably, and ( by the look of my right foot) I had just discovered the perfect balance between charming & awkward... So... Not much has changed.

You see, I haven't given up this dream of being a performer,

but I have allowed myself to walk down a different path along the way.


For now, I am an educator.

I find it humbling and honest;

joyful and relatively simple.


Enabling others to create is a HUGE part of what I do as a musician

And I never want to lose sight of that along the way!




Sure, a performer can distract folks from their "mundane lives" for a few hours,

But a teacher can enable others to explore the depths of their own being. FOREVER!

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“We must get back to the idea of music as something in which everyone can participate."

-David Amram-