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The Next Step

This article is really not about music, which I use here, only as a metaphor, and be encouraged to apply the principles to any other personal opportunities.

I discovered a while ago that I was driven by curiosity and excited by discovery.

Growing up with parents who enjoyed singing and my early years listening to music on vinyl records, on the radio, and in my adolescence, learning to play violin, the undying seeds of affinity with music were sown.

My first professional ambition was to be the best brown-skinned violinist, in the world. I played a violin, almost every day for about 1 and a half years, but I had to drop the violin, when the family relocated.

More recently, God gave me the opportunity to be able to play keyboards, and I’ve been on a journey to find the best piano and piano sounds, to accompany, inspire and fulfil this interest, amongst other interests in the wide spectrum called music.

If I go back in time, we could liken this to the young violin student, who obviously did not have the very best violin to start off with, but who with enough time, practice and ability could one day merit a Stradivarius violin of the finest quality and audio tone.

I’m reminded that the beginning may not be the most exotic, and the quality of the piano I have today is irrelevant. It’s what I am able to do with this that matters.

I digress. Many years ago, I had the privilege of playing all night till the next morning, a Yamaha digital piano in one of Shirley Bassey’s homes. An amazing experience.

My first keyboard was a cherished present from my cousin, but much as I had the desire, I did not know how to play it properly.

The first piano I bought was a simple but good quality Yamaha home keyboard, which I bought for another member of the family, and ended up playing, which had pride of place in my home. I still have fond memories of this keyboard. That was really one of my many beginnings on the piano, from one level to another.

Nevertheless,  I must start where I must start, with what I have today, which is a whole lot better than what I had many years ago, which was nothing. We all start with nothing.

I realise that skilful musicians excel on any instrument, and especially with pianos, after a search of at least a few years, I’m aware that there is no perfect piano, each one sounds different, especially on recordings where so many different factors affect the sound of the recorded version. The pianist finds as good a piano as is available, and makes the very best music that they can on what is available.

The same applies to music, none is perfect. Perfect music is the music that is created and expressed, with consistency it becomes perfect through practice. It becomes even more perfect as it is shared and inspires others to create or listen, to other music, fulfilling its purpose the more.

There is no perfect place to start, no perfect ambition. Where we are today is the perfect place to start.

With lemons make lemonade. With oranges make orange juice.

Do with what you have what you can. Do with life what you can.

Whatever I do next positively, towards my positive ambition is perfect, just by doing it, it becomes perfect.

And on another hand it’s never perfect. Music has been played for at least 2000 years, as the bible indicates that David played on a musical instrument, yet mankind still has new songs yet unborn.

May the new song that is in each of us be sung. By this I refer not to music alone but to anything that we know we can start.

Lets not bother about the end, which must be preceded by a beginning.

Let’s not be intimidated by those with great accomplishments, the maestros, the renowned, the experts, and those more qualified than we are, or who have had more opportunities, the wealthy, for they once were just as we are, beginners, and they only remain great by remaining humble beginners, ever searching for more.

Let’s start doing the things wherein we have been given ability, however small or insignificant it may seem in our eyes or in the eyes of others.

Each of us has our own valued experience and discovery to contribute to this human universe, by being all that we are, and becoming all that we should.

Sometimes we may not be the ones to play the music, we may start off being listeners only, which in itself is a beginning, which was how I started.

Start by appreciating and loving who you are, and giving some thought to who created you and why you exist.