Some days are harder than others. We strive to do well, to get where we’re going, and yet, sometimes, we just don’t seem to be making progress. Case in point; today I took a viola audition and felt like I played OK-but-not-great in the first round. Surprisingly, I advanced to the semi-finals. Then, as luck would have it, I thoroughly enjoyed playing in the semi-final round and felt very confident about advancing to the finals…then didn’t.
A case of how could I be so wrong? What’s wrong with my ears? Maybe not. While I have no doubt that there is room for growth and improvement in my artistic endeavors, I also believe that art criticism is very subjective in nature. I suppose this could lead easily to frustration and defeat, but because of the way I’m wired, I also feel that…
“The way to be happy is to find something that requires the kind of perfection that’s impossible to achieve and spend the rest of your life trying to achieve it.”
So I’ll continue to strive for my vision of perfection in both my music and my art!