The past few weeks have been so busy here and yet I feel the need to cram more and more into each day. I’m sure we all go through stages in life where it feels as if we are trying to spin countless plates and that at any moment one or more might fall and yet we continue to push ourselves.
We are in the middle of building works at home and in the middle of all this chaos I am trying to practice, compose and arrange. There is something strangely satisfying to turn my back on the chaos and retreat into the world of music.
I have recently found SoundCloud, where I have been able to upload electronic versions of some of my pieces. It’s exciting to finish a new piece and to put it out into the world. Exciting but terrifying as well, it’s baring ones soul and innermost thoughts and subjecting them to potential criticism.
This is nothing new for musicians. Our lives, like those of anyone who performs, are open to comment from others. This can be rewarding or destroying.
I was recently asked to provide a piece of music for consideration by a String Orchestra. It was a nervous moment when I handed over the score and recording. Thankfully they liked it and want to play it in their next season.
I am very lucky to have had great teaching over the years, which has led me to this point in my life where I earn my living doing what I love and hopefully not just earning a living but giving something to the world that is appreciated. This teaching was provided by experts, sadly something which is under threat in many places now. It is being reported that in Cornwall a councillor is suggesting that the instrumental teachers be replaced, saying that there are many people who play instruments who could volunteer to teach. What a terribly short sighted view and what lack of understanding this person has. Would he feel the same about teachers of Maths or English? I can add up and read – why shouldn’t I volunteer to teach then?!
Maybe he has a busy life and doesn’t see where music fits in. If so, his life is definitely the poorer for it.
I need to get back to my plate spinning. If you’d like to hear any of my music then do look for me at www.soundcloud.com/wormellmusic
Or perhaps you’d like to see what we have to offer at www.wormell-music.com.
There will always be some who don’t appreciate what you are doing but don’t let that stop you.
“Some won’t appreciate what you say or do, but as long as you honestly speak from the heart, you’ll be fine. This isn’t a perfect world, nor a perfect life, but life loves the person who dares to live it by being real.”
Happy music making