Saturday, March 3, 2012

Great Music for the Mind

For me, one of the best ways to recharge my batteries is to listen to music. I often put music on my stereo, or play something from an Internet site such as Spotify or Pandora, while I write. It helps me get into a rhythm.

But when my batteries are really low, the best remedy is to go to a concert and hear it live and up close. I do it several times a year in all genres of music.

This week I went to the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts and enjoyed  a great performance by jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and his band. He's one of my favorites and I'm glad I got the opportunity to see him in person.

Botti is a top-tier musician (some consider him the best jazz trumpeter, and I agree), as well as his band members, and it was pure joy watching them on the stage -- the way they communicate and feed off each other in making great music for an appreciative audience.

You also gain a deeper appreciation for the skills of professional musicians, who practice many hours to reach that high level of proficiency. That's a lesson for all of us in whatever endeavors we may have in our lives.

Until the next time...

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