With each turning of black dots on a page
into exquisite or hard-driving sounds,
thousands of hours of practice, more or less,
express their vibrant continuation, this moment.
Musicians know about practice.
Awakening contemplators know practice.
Sitting calmly, walking peacefully, smiling
into mirrors, remembering gratitude,
rehearsing saying thank you & I’m sorry
so naturally spoken when needed,
to ourselves and others.
Imagine such harmony.
A beautiful piano concert
played locally by professional musical friends
who have practiced a whole lot,
for your watching or listening enjoyment (just click image below):
89 Replies to “Practice, practice…practice”
Beautiful post David and how true that for the musician and his/her instrument to sing as one it takes daily practice.
A labour of love that combined with passion will give both player and listener
deep joy and satisfaction.
your kind reflection, miriam
is music to my ears!
may your day be
in your favorite key 🙂
no amount of words
can replace the importance
i’m happy to practice
hearing you saying that
several times, Tippy!
but to play like those pianists
i might need more practice 🙂
Love how you’ve juxtaposed musical practice with meditation practice, David! And the line “Imagine such harmony” in your poem reminded me of my meditation teacher, Allan Lokos, who in his earlier life was a professional singer (a member of the chorus in the original Broadway production Oliver! back in 1960). One of his favorite themes in his dharma talks is “harmonious joy”.
how wonderful having a good musical
meditation teacher, Tom!
i’m feeling his harmony
continuing in your words 🙂
My ukulele is gathering dust.
Thank you, David, for the
reminder to get back to it!
imagining ukulele’s happiness
at being free of dust, Tom!
wishing you fun on one
or more of those strings 🙂
thank you, ashiftinconsciousness
for being here
with fellow musicians
on stage 🙂
Amazing! Thank you, David! 🥰
why thank you, dear smileybev!
glad you like the performance
of Elizabeth, Spencer & others 🙂
I can observe all day, but some things I have to practice to learn. Like knot tying and meditating. 🙂
smiling to our learning
studying & practicing
in the class of life,
hope you enjoy
the concert 🙂
Thanks. I’m going to listen to it during dinner. 🙂
hope you enjoy the recording I made last week, JoAnna!!
these artists express
a wide range of musical piano styles 🙂
They do! I’m listening to it now. 🙂
“Imagine such harmony.” Appreciate your beautiful encouragement, David. 🤗
wonderful we still can embrace
our imagination, Eric!
wishing you happiness
this moment 🙂
There is no substitute to practice.
thank you, dear Rupali
for this confirmation!
a constant reminder
for myself, also 🙂
Very useful post, dear David! Thank you!
having something to offer you, Maria
makes me happy!
hope you can enjoy that
nice piano music 🙂
Of course, my friend! As it is played by heart! 🙂
Acquiring new skills require practice as well as persistence and commitment. As you point out, we also have to work at creating a harmonious life.
thank you for sharing your practice
with all, Rosaliene!
i’m doing my best to practice, also!
the pianists on this post
express the fruit of their practice 🙂
Life in harmony is our practice. Happy I tuned in today 💛
smiling to your perfect,
just 3 notes away,
hope you catch a glimpse
of the pianist concert 🙂
I saw some of the pianist concert with the moon last night. Beautiful touching into the soul. 🙏🌝🐥
makes me happy that you saw it
and the special moon, together!
i’m fortunate to hear Elizabeth at home
teaching or practicing, daily 🙂
That is wonderful! She is special lady 💛
Just lovely, David! And, Oh, how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice!
makes me happy having
you play along, Sunny!
when there’s time you may
like the pianist concert,
with artists which have played
in Carnegie hall 🙂
A beautiful reminder David of the ‘practice’and ritual, and when we do this daily how it creates beautiful music and flow within and around us. 🙏🏻💕💚
thanks for this insight, dear Karen!
wonderful having your musical talent
playing harmoniously in THE big band 🙂
thank you for your kind words, jeremyjames!
hope you enjoyed the pianist music 🙂
Absolutely – thank you.
My yoga teacher tells us we will always “practice” yoga. Open to the challenge, I know my practice will always be just that – going forward, enjoying the moment.
happy for your yoga life, susan!
we’re free to be
as practitioners 🙂
A beautiful and timely message… yes life is quite simply a practice in everything we are❤️ much love to you David, Barbara x
thank you, dear Barbara!
an encouragement for myself, also
to keep practicing during this lifetime.
wishing you happy moments, david 🙂
David, as soon as I saw the post I hoped you would include a musical link … then saw the one at the end. Thank you so much and a perfect musical start to my Sunday morning and interesting to ‘meet’ your musical friends!
Music becomes part of one’s soul …as student, teacher, player … it is a gift for oneself and everyone else. Moments of inner harmony and stillness. A lovely post, David and love the photographs. Your dog looks at complete rest and so sweet! Happy Sunday to you and yours! 😀
i’m happy you were able to enjoy the nice pianist show, Annika. i know you have a musically talented family.
thank you for your kind words making me and Fang the Terrible happy. 🙂
I’ve always said if I could have had my fingers on a piano keyboard rather than a typewriter every day all these years, I could have been making music instead of documents! But it has paid the bills so I can’t complain! 😁🙏
thank you for your musical reflection, dear Linda!
i’m happy you found a vocation that pays better
than what starving musicians are compensated!
fortunately, some artists persisted out of their love of playing.
hope there’s time for listening to some of the pianists concert 🙂
sweet sounds David…and cute pup ☺️ compose a beautiful day ~ smiles hedy ✌️
being able to offer you some beautiful
piano music makes me happy, hedy!
yes, now i’ll go out and sing in the rain,
as it’s raining gloriously right now 🙂
We may have been given a God-given talent but it is only when we practice until “perfect” that the Light shines through. Beautiful post, David. Thank you! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
that’s a wonderful reminder, Amy
to recognize fundamental gifts we’re given!
i’m going out now, smiling
to wonderful conditions of happiness
while practicing singing in the rain.
if in the mood for piano music sometime,
you may like the concert posted above 🙂
I will make sure to watch this concert this evening. I wasn’t aware that the picture was “linked”. Thank you for pointing that out to me. XO
hope you enjoy, Amy! eos 6d was one of the cameras used. i was hoping to catch images of tonight’s special moon, but it’s raining and likely to continue. perhaps you’ll get out and shoot that red moon 🙂
Sorry. It’s freezing and snowing here, David. I won’t see the red moon. I own a 6D which I absolutely Love. I plan on buying soon a 5DMk4 with a 1.4 extender for those Spring birds. I am not trading my 6D in …. no way!
I love all your practices, David.
your kind encouragements
support my practice, Ann!
as a performer, you may appreciate
all the practice the pianists did
for the show, above 🙂
This is beautiful. Everything of value, everything worthy of our devotion, must be practiced, for we can always become better at doing the things we love. ❤
smiling to your reflection, dear Diane!
i’m happy practicing just
to keep from regressing much 🙂
Thank you for the piano concert, David, and your musical, meditational reflections. I shall listen to this next time I have a chance. 😊
thank you, Betty
for giving me
the chance to
thank you 🙂
Such a beautiful message, practice… This is great post. Thank you dear David, Blessing and Happiness, Love, nia
thank you for your kind message, dear nia!
i’m happy we continue
practicing our happiness
with those around us, 🙂
Really enjoyed this post David and the music. Thank you so much 🙂
happy to hear your wonderful review, Michele!
wishing you a happy practice 🙂
i appreciate the opportunity you offer, iScriblr
to help me practice
saying thank you 🙂
Charlee: “They say practice makes perfect but from what we’ve seen practice just makes you realize you have to practice more.”
Chaplin: “That seems to be how it works with Mama and Dada and their ballroom dancing and stuff.”
Charlee: “But the funny thing is it seems like the more you practice the less it’s practice and the more it’s fun.”
Chaplin: “I guess it feels good to get good at something.”
Charlee: “Excuse me, I have to go practice climbing the cat tree!”
wonderfully hip kitties realize
the meaning of life!
practicing having fun
on the ground
or in the tree
leads to more
Wonderful share David.. indeed practice makes perfect … I am listening to the concert now and will continue to listen as I move through WP this afternoon.. THANK YOU David.. sending well wishes ❤ I love piano music..
so special of you, Sue
giving me this opportunity
to say, “thank you.”
i’m glad the piano sounds
safely made their way across the big pond
and offered entertainment for moving
peacefully through your day. 🙂
Fantastic concert, David! Piano is the love of my life, and I am happy that our two eldest granddaughters ‘practice’ too 🙂
When we practice good things, it changes the world.
How wonderful that your granddaughters are musicians,
sharing their talents with you and the world, Inese!
Yes, lets practice good, kind acts
and change the world for the better 🙂
Really enjoyed the concert video, David, with peaceful and meditative music and a calm setting. Thanks, too, for the reminder of the importance of practice. When I was younger I played piano and clarinet and I learned at an early age the power of practice; but it’s been awhile for me, so this was a good reminder of the art of practice.
makes me happy hearing of your musical background, Jet!
should you pick up your instrument again
I hope playing it
no matter how well,
brings you joy!
i’m fortunate to hear playing daily,
often piano lessons with children & adults.
wonderful that you were able to enjoy the show.
i agree, some great pianists, meditative,
boogie woogie, jazz, classical, cuban & more 🙂
Practice, Practice, Practice, and then maybe “17 Easy Pieces for the Piano” might be easy 🙂
Thanks for sharing, David. Great accompaniment for my own practice. It was a pleasure to listen.
i’m happy you enjoyed listening to the easy & not so easy
piano pieces, Ka!
it’s wonderful to have the well practiced
to support us in our aspirations 🙂
I really enjoyed the grand finale, really.
what’s that, friend?
per keyboard? 🙂
Yes, wow 😮
Pooches are the masters of the Zen masters
There’s no reward like seeing beautiful results after so much practice.
yes, so true!
living with a piano teacher
i hear sweet results daily!
sometime you might enjoy
some of the piano concert (plays well in the background) 🙂
I am a musician so this post really speaks to me. I play many of my instruments daily and have been doing so for more than forty years. I am currently enjoying the included performance 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
thank you for your kind sharing!
glad to know of your talent.
making that video was the most
cameras i’ve had
running at the same time.
i like to strum on a guitar, myself.
my partner plays the classical pieces
in that piano concert 🙂
You are welcome. That’s awesome. I play eighteen instruments and sing quite a bit and have been playing since I was four. Music is my first love and it’s been a wonderful companion. Here’s to making music 🙂
wishing you many, many
happy notes! 🙂
Thank you, so very much. Wishing you and hubby the same 🙂