Now, a little (video) musical entertainment:
I was talking with my ukulele teacher the other evening, sitting out on his porch during a nice stormy warm front with a coffeecup full of bourbon (heaven!), about how I probably couldn't have learned an instrument before now. I mean, I might be a little long in the tooth to be taking up such an endeavor, but I'm optimistic about how it's going to turn out. I'm a much more apt music student now, because I learned to paint. Here's why:
- Humility. I know it will take a long time. The best way to get there is to put my head down and do the basic stuff - C scale about 4000 times, for instance. I know that mastering fundamentals is a totally unavoidable chore, and pays off in the end.
- Patience. Savoring the slow deliberation of premixing a palette has shown me that patient application of learned knowledge is a time-saver, eventually.
- Economy. I know now that I really learned painting the wrong way, by doing it on my own. It would have been smarter, faster, and more thorough to have a master guide me. So I went out and got me one.
- Focus. Eventually I realised that I was not a focused painter - didn't really have a master plan. As a beginner musician, I tried to figure out my specific goal, and I'll work singlemindedly toward it.
- Pragmatism. My goal is: "Not looking stupid on stage." That seems attainable. Not too grandiose. Enough ukulele to sing fun songs and entertain people. Maybe get invited to gigs. My goal in painting I didn't figure out for NINE YEARS. Isn't that silly?
Being a hobby musician fits in nicely with being a painter I think. Much better than being an escrow officer for a title company did. :-)
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