(First of all, OMG IT SHIPPED TODAY!!!! Can’t hardly stand my own skin I’m so excited! 😀 )
Music has a way of surprising you. I think that’s what I like about it. You can play the same song twenty thousand times with the same people, and it will always find a way to surprise you.
Every day that I sit down to practice or play just for the fun of it, the song surprises me. Maybe I’m a little bolder than I was yesterday, maybe a new improvisation suggests itself. Maybe I find I can hit new notes, or sing counter-point instead of the straight melody.
Life is kind of that way, too. When we’re children, we toe the line, do exactly the things we’re told — much like the beginning music student sticks to the notes on the page in front of their nose. Then, as we grow, we stretch our muscles a little, test our strength. Can we climb just a little bit higher today than we did yesterday? Can I run a little faster?
The beauty of it all is its flexibility. Music — just like us — continually grows and changes no matter whether you’ve been doing it for almost ten years or just a month or over three decades. There’s always some new way to look at those same, old, eight notes. There’s always some little bit to make you catch your breath like the first time you were kissed and weren’t expecting it — and it’s beautiful and free, just the same.
There’s always some magic — honest-to-God magic — in music.