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- How to practice: exploring strategies and tactics in an aging body through book reviews, interviews, personal anecdotes, with the goal of staying happy, healthy and focused.
- Attitude: what it is a good attitude, how does helps us to learn and persevere, which daily tactics help us to acquire or keep a good one, what to do if yours needs a tune up?
- Metacognition: what it is, what it can teach us about learning, resources for study, conferences, and in practice.
- Intrinsic motivation: what it is, how it helps us to learn and persevere as we age, how to help those we mentor with theirs.
When to act your age? When things get serious.
I'm trying to follow Brad Stulberg's program. BTW, I can't recommend his work highly enough.
I'm working out three times a week, practice times are blocked out. Accountability partner and I are in touch each week. I'm upping the piano time, goal is to match drum time with piano time. Twenty hours on the bench and throne. I'm up to 15 hours and still intact. I'll stay in touch on progress.
It's 7 AM time to hit the practice studio for an hour of drumming.
That was interesting, I think. Last night my wife and I went dancing with a crowd of 20-30 somethings at a private club we belong to. The older crowd stayed home. A good time was had by all. After a lesson on the "Hollywood Lindy Hop" the band swung into action. The dance floor was packed. They set good tempi. They knew what they were doing. The drummer keep it real simple. We had fun dancing.
Before and after the swing set the band played function music for general dancing. I counted one new tune by Taylor Swift in their repertoire. The rest was the same repertoire I played for 35 years and I retired from that line of work over a decade ago. Most of the musicians were in my cohort. Lot's of grey. Tunes from the 60's, 70's, a few 80's, no 90's, two standards for slow dancing.
I felt I was in a time warp and stuck in 1985. That was no fun. I like 2019.
David Story: Professional pianist, drummer, composer, and educator. Well into his 4th enthusiastic musical decade, David works with adults pursuing musical dreams in the autumn of life, while he maintains an active presence in the Toronto arts scene.