Our summer road trip afforded me a few good opportunities for one of my favorite activities: listening during great music rehearsals while drawing and writing. Part of me is fully engaged in the music-making, wanting not to miss a single note or nuance even when it’s truly a working bash through sort of session for the musicians. I learn so much about the pieces in hand, their histories, contexts, technical challenges and all that sort of thing as well as what to expect and what might happen in performance that I always enjoy concerts more deeply after hearing them being developed for the performances. At the same time, if the work in hand is sans text or in a language so unknown to me that I can’t get wrapped up in that aspect beyond whether the ensembles’ vowels and consonants, attacks and diminuendos and cutoffs are, well, ensemble, then I can focus my language centers on writing, sometimes blog post essays and sometimes poetry.
When the text is too enthralling or at least too present in my attentions, I can still indulge in drawing. Either way, it’s not so much dividing my attention as letting one kind of artistry inspire and guide another one. One enriches the other. Especially when the music rolling around me is as rich as, say, that being prepared for performances at the Vancouver Early Music Festival in August. I only wish that the products of my sessions were always as inspired as the music undergirding their inception. But my only chance of getting any better is to keep practicing, isn’t it. And I’m lucky that I like the process more and more as I go along, and yes, the better the music is, the more I enjoy my learning curve. That’s inspiring enough.
I like the textures and shapes of the sections of hair.
Thank you! You *should*, of course, since her hair is full of flowers and leaves. 😉
I think Ms. Muse is by your side always, Kathryn! Lovely art and words, my friend! xoxo
You should know by now that many of my best muses are my friends! So I thank you doubly!
Aww…I can definitely say the same about you, Kathryn! I was in awe of your talent when I first began and was a little nervous about posting! 🙂 xo
Isn’t it great that all of us Nervous Nellies can hang out here together and enjoy the support and company of like-minded friends!
Yes, very much so! 🙂 xoxo
Whenever I have had the chance to be around music makers, it has been so fascinating, even mesmerizing. That is why I love to write about it. Then I can be an invisible groupie, so to speak. 🙂 The drawing is one of my favorites of yours, by the way! XO
You and me. Chief groupies. 😀
I’m delighted you like the drawing. Of course!