Today I arrived at a piano recital slightly concerned at the long list of performers. I had a next engagement to make. My husband reminded me that most of the songs would be brief. The momentary concern reminded me that I used to so NOT look forward to recitals, but here’s why I enjoy them now:
1. Kids display such self-satisfaction and joy at simply making it through “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” I want that delight!
2. Cheering sections for these kids encourage me about my own cheerleaders and remind me to cheer for others.
3. Free 45 minutes of unpredictable, life music: unusual arrangements of familiars and brilliant unknowns.
4. A good bow enhances much. I need to be reminded of this as I have few opportunities to bow.
5. Facing and overcoming messing ups – watching resilience develop in real time.
6. A time to sit quietly and just live
7. A point in the year to note progress
8. Observing personality manifested through music
9. Vision casting through experience. ( The youngers can hunger for the fruit of those ahead – I want to dance, play, act like that some day.)
10. The humility that emerges as a kid gets a certain level of proficiency and realizes how much further to excel