Can I get a napkin please? Food Court Musical. If you've not seen this early flash mob from 2008. Where have you been? Enjoy!
If you're like me, exploring You Tube can be a fun way to discover musicians and regular, everyday people interacting in surprising ways. A trend of late is a "flash mob", defined as "a large public gathering at which people perform an unusual or seemingly random act and then disperse, typically organized by means of the Internet or social media."
Sometimes, it's choral groups performing selections from musicals, or holiday music. Sometimes, like the clip I've selected to share, it's Symphony Orchestras. The players trickle in as their parts are layered in the piece. A crowd grows, enjoying the surprising addition to their day, and then everyone, amazed and blessed, leaves with a new bounce to their step.
As anyone who meets me soon discovers, I am a huge proponent of enjoying music. As I was relating to a parent this morning, the purpose of studying, playing and sharing music is to have fun! No one remembers missed notes, lapses in timing, or singing off key. Everyone remembers the spirit in which music is presented. Always with enthusiasm and love, I say!
Here is a clip of a high school choir who created a fun choreography to their William Tell Overture (The Lone Ranger Theme) for their audience. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Do you struggle with playing your instrument? Everyone has challenges. I struggle on piano with polyphonic pieces, since I never really studied Bach Inventions early on, and since I can successfully play so many other things, I just don't really work on inventions now. Extended left hand independence is one challenge for piano. With students, I try to help them avoid this same issue by assigning various articulation and dynamics with familiar scalar passages.
On clarinet, my challenge is keeping my altissimo (extreme upper) register proficient. Now that I think of it, this is also a vocal challenge for me. Unless I actively warm up and work in these areas, my abilities to sound nice (or to "sound" at all!) suffer.
With guitar, my challenge is just taking time to play. I don't do this enough if I don't have students to motivate me to keep it up.
What are your challenges?
How do you feel when you have to work hard at something?
If you quit when things get tough, how will your life be different than if you persevered?
Does learning an instrument help you learn to persevere?
It can be frustrating, to the point of wanting to quit, when things take work to learn. Sometimes, there are young musicians who are so much better than I will ever be. When I hear others play who are so much better than I, sometimes I am inspired. But sometimes I am discouraged. I think: I could never get that good!
And then, someone comes along that inspires me so much, I just have to share. German French Horn player, Felix Klieser, is one such person. Perseverance and attitude have so much to do with his success as a professional musician. Watch the video to see how he has taken his childhood desire to play and has overcome his challenges.