1.) My Colleagues:
I know that everybody says this, but I truly get to work and collaborate constantly with some of the best people. And I don't mean that they are simply good at what they do, I mean that they are truly in their hearts some of the best people. For all of you reading this, know that each of you has enriched my life, and I will be eternally grateful.
2.) My Mentors:
Along a similar vein as number one, my mentors have shaped me into the artist that I am today. Each mentor I have had has brought a different take on music and artistry to the table, and I am better off for it. Again, you will never know how grateful I am for you.
3.) My Students:
A large part of my musical life consists of my teaching. What I do not think my students realize is just how much they teach me along the way. All of my students are wonderful, and I look forward to each lesson each week and seeing all the progress made. Thank you!
4.) Quality Writing Time:
Every moment that I have when I can compose is precious. Time is the most scarce resource in the world, and every single second that I get to spend composing, I am grateful for!
5.) Practice Time:
The bane of many young musicians around the world. I am incredibly grateful for practice time. In college, I was told how out in the real world I would not have as much time to practice as I did in college, and boy were they correct! Practice time is time for improvement. More than that, it is time to make music.
6.) Listening Time:
There is something special about music. It has an ability to captivate us in ways that we don't quite understand. As a musician, sometimes music seems to lose this power, and that is why I am grateful for time to listen, experience, and fall in love with music again.
7.) An Ongoing Education:
This one is not just specific to music, but definitely applies to it. I am thankful for experiences that continue to stretch me and push my education forward. Everybody can learn something from somebody, and I am grateful that I am a student of the world, open and ready to receive all it has to teach me.
I deal in music all day. From the time I wake up, often times until I go to sleep, my ears are busy. The ears of a musician are never just idle either. I cannot help but to analyze most of what I hear throughout the day, which is why I frequently seek out moments of silence to allow my ears to rest and my mind to recover. Silence is certainly sweet.
I cannot make a list of things that I am grateful for without thanking all of those who support me. I won't go into names as it is a long list, but you know who you are. Know that I could not do what I do without your continued support and belief in me. "Thank You" will never be enough.
10.) The Ability to Make Music:
Last, but certainly not least, I am grateful for the ability and opportunity to create music every single day. I may get tired sometimes, but know that this is in my opinion the greatest job on Earth where I get to work with the greatest people and create. I will forever appreciate it!
There you have it! Ten things that I am thankful for! What are you thankful for this time of year? Let me know in the comments! I am curious to have this list, and look back on it down the road to see how my thoughts have changed or not changed.
Now, before I forget, Thank YOU for reading this blog post! I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I look forward to speaking with you again real soon!