LIVE in THE SPOTLIGHT
- 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.
"Mulligan", the do over. Is it possible at 50, 60, 70?
I found myself in a dramatic do-over at 51 through divorce. Worse than broke, I was in a negative equity situation. Thinking about the possibility of starting over wasn't a choice. Up and at 'em was my only choice.
Less dramatically, can a musician change direction or continue to contribute at a mature age?
Yes and No
It is probably too late to pursue a career as an idol to teenagers and young adults.
It is probably too late to take up the violin at 60 and with plans to attend Julliard as soon as you get it together on your way to world domination.
Some dreams are the stuff of youth.
What is possible in later years? Lot's if you are healthy, bold, thoughtful, determined, energetic, and committed to excellence and learning some new things.
Here are 10 things a musician can do after age 50
This list comes from either my experience or the experience of others I've known. My list includes #1, 2, and 9. Previously #3 and 5. Upcoming? Playing with those two guys up above and trying my hand at #7.
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.