Avoiding burnout is a constant challenge. Sometimes we just have to step out. I'm just back from two weeks in the woods, fresh as a daisy and ready to... slowly get back into it.
Some additional strategies I employ.
“Gather ye rose-buds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today, Tomorrow will be dying.” ― Robert Herrick
Another truism reaffirmed in New Orleans last week. Live your life now. You may be dead, sick, or disabled tomorrow.
As aging musicians with slowly deteriorating bodies, there is no time to lose to make the most of it. If there is someone you want to play with in your circle, call them. If there is a style of music you want to explore, start. If there is someone you want to study with, contact them. If there are unrecorded tracks in your head, track them.
As always a few good habits will add life to your years.
David Story: Professional pianist, drummer, composer, and educator. Well into his 5th 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.