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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.
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 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.