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Most times when I discuss practicing on this blog/site, it’ll be regarding music. Today, I’ll write on my own practice of resilience – a seemingly constant struggle to maintain sanity and keep forging ahead, despite my circumstances. 

My Music Biz & Banter networking group is off to a great start! Yesterday we held our second meetup, and it was just as productive and delightful as the first.

At the “Lunch & Lit” meetups, we’ll be discussing a pre-selected book on music and/or business. This month’s featured “Lit” was Real Artists Don’t Starve, by Jeff Goins.

Be Interesting.

It’s the fifth term in that good ol’ carriage acronym of mine, and it might be one of my favorites.

As musicians, if we’ve gotten far enough along and are actually making a living in music, that’s pretty interesting in and of itself. To non-musicians, it’s very different – our lifestyles are tough to understand, and often seem like they’re carefree and fun.

I’m looking forward to being on staff at Camp LuWiSoMo’s band camp this year! It will be an honor to work with students at the camp I attended as a youth, myself.

Be Resilient. 

It’s the fourth term I recommend musicians carry along with them; and as creative, sometimes emotional types, it might be one of the most difficult to grasp.

I’ve been carrying around the photo pictured – yes, a real live printed photograph that someone actually handed to me – in my purse, for probably a month now.

Since I’m not used to actually having real live photographs, I must’ve forgotten about it. I saw it there today, and thought “man, this is worth a blog post.”

On Saturday, February 16th the orchestra I play with – the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra – will be performing its annual Valentine’s concert (following an always luxurious buffet-style dinner) at the Silver Spring Country Club. This year’s guest artist is renown singer Robin Pluer, who will lead the audience through “A Lover’s Night in Paris.” 

Be Resourceful.

I’m a word nerd, truth be told. I love looking up definitions of words, so as to be able to use them in their most effective way. The Merriam-Webster definition of the word “resourceful” is as follows:

Able to meet situations : capable of devising ways and means.

Be Active.

Today the school that I teach at part-time is closed, due to severe cold temperatures. Many schools and other places will be closed multiple days this week, for record cold temps. What a great time to write on getting out and being active!