The neat thing about hitting a big milestone is that it can cause you to look back at where you were, and ahead to where you’re going. Music has always given me something to strive for. I’ve been making music for 20 years, and most of the hours spent practicing piano have been a small part of a bigger project, whether it was a performance (in a hotel lobby, for example) or in learning a new ability. It’s the completion of small goals (ie: I’ll practice this Chopin piece for 20 minutes at half-tempo) that eventually lead to something bigger.
About ten years ago I decided that I wanted to compose music on a regular basis. I was captivated by the orchestral film scores of John Williams and the quirky music of Danny Elfman, among others, and dreamed of one day doing the same for the cinema. I knew that one day my scores could be played by a professional orchestra.
That day is close at hand! On March 23, the Victoria Symphony will give me the chance to hear some of my work come to life. The long wait just makes it sweeter.
What keeps you motivated to keep working?