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...