Carriage Philosophy

Be Grateful.

I’m nearing the end here, with my special words – and gratitude is a crucial one. I’m needing to remember this one quite a bit lately, in fact.

Be Accountable.

It’s term number six, and it’s a doozy… A word that usually doesn’t come paired with smiles and hugs and raindrops on roses. We all need this word in our life, but we also all typically dislike it. So do kids – whether they realize it or not (often this word can be misinterpreted as nagging, reminding, annoying, etc.).

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. 

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.

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.

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!

Be Creative. 

It’s the first term in my carriage acronym – and if you’re one who ends up working in an arts-related field, it is a word that’s often guiding a lot of your thoughts and decisions… or is it?

Recently I clarified this page entitled “Principles I Promote in Performance & Practice.” Find out why I feel strongly that these eight words are important, as a musician.