Practice, practice…practice

made for your heart & mind’s fingers & feet~d nelson

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):

wonderful pianist concert

 

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84 thoughts on “Practice, practice…practice

  1. delphini510

    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.

    miriam

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  2. Tom Cummings

    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”.

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. smilecalm Post author

        makes me happy that you saw it
        and the special moon, together!
        i’m fortunate to hear Elizabeth at home
        teaching or practicing, daily ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. smilecalm Post author

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Karen Lang

    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. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’š

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  4. Annika Perry

    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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Linda Arthur Tejera

    Iโ€™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 canโ€™t complain! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. AmyRose๐ŸŒน

    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! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. smilecalm Post author

        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 ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. AmyRose๐ŸŒน

        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!

    1. smilecalm Post author

      your kind encouragements
      support my practice, Ann!
      as a performer, you may appreciate
      all the practice the pianists did
      for the show, above ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. The Hipster Kitties

    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!”

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  8. Sue Dreamwalker

    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 โค I love piano music..

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. inesephoto

    Fantastic concert, David! Piano is the love of my life, and I am happy that our two eldest granddaughters ‘practice’ too ๐Ÿ™‚
    When we practice good things, it changes the world.

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Jet Eliot

    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.

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      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!
      iโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      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) ๐Ÿ™‚

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