Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Mastering the Art of Performance - Reading Together - Performance and Your Spiritual Life

"You will then experience a profound inner peace in the irrefutable knowledge that the performance you gave in living your life to the fullest was your greatest."
(page 204, Kindle edition)

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Mastering the Art of Performance - Reading Together - Performance Careers in Retrospect

"Instead, try to diffuse frustration and impatience, for doing so will almost always hasten getting across the plateau. Try to continue to work at a steady, intense pace, holding firm to the belief that growth is taking place in invisible but necessary ways. By the same token, you must not go so far in accepting a plateau that you become complacent."
(page 186, Kindle edition)

"On the other hand, burnout can be treacherous. It can goad you into making changes without having given enough thought to either the consequences or a realistic consideration of what a new activity entails on a day-to-day basis. Careful consideration is the key. Contemplate change with your eyes wide open and your head cleared of half-formed, romanticized misconceptions. Such consideration may act like a bucket of cold water on the flame of your adventure, but not necessarily so. It might strengthen your resolve to take the plunge."
(page 188, Kindle edition)

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Mastering the Art of Performance - Reading Together - Physical Challenge and Performance

"If your days of public achievement are over, don’t expend energy wallowing in memories of past glory, but rather use this energy to create alternate ways in which you can still contribute. In short, work to accept as quickly as possible what can’t be changed, and get on with what is still possible."
(page 182, Kindle edition)

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Mastering the Art of Performance - Reading Together - The Career Challenge

"As performing musicians we must find a place in society and a way to earn a living, like the generations of musicians before us. There is no known formula with which to do this, but, just as we rely on our creativity in making music, we can use it to broaden our career horizons, develop and involve our audiences, project our role as musicians, market our product, and incorporate appropriate technology around us. We need not be intimidated by this challenge but should regard it as an integral part of the excitement inherent in choosing to live the life of a performer. In so doing, we form a bond with the great men and women of the past who loved music and who loved being a musician to the fullest measure possible."
(page 177, Kindle edition)

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Mastering the Art of Performance - Reading Together - Performance and Human Interaction

"Fullness in living for most human beings consists of being fulfilled in more than one area of life. If you identify areas of value other than achieving performance goals, you will have to nurture those areas."
(page 154, Kindle edition)

"By contrast, some teachers are highly aware of the interaction that must take place in the learning process. They believe that the effective instructor must take into account the needs of the students, their desires, and their level of knowledge."
(page 155, Kindle edition)

"Each of us will adopt different guidelines for reaching out with performing activities. The important thing to remember is that your performance needs to be shared with an audience comprised of human beings just like yourself."
(page 158, Kindle edition)

"In doing so you set up a two-way communication between yourself and your audience, a circle with the potential to take on a life of its own, growing and building."
(page 158, Kindle edition)

"Not only is giving fulfilling on a personal level, but it has a way of multiplying and returning to the giver an unexpected and abundance of blessings."
(page 158, Kindle edition)

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