by Anna Rose Bain
I am a professional artist, but what some people don’t know about me is that I've played piano since I was eight years old. I was classically trained all the way through college, with a major in art and a minor in music. I took all the music classes: theory, aural skills, counterpoint. I even took voice lessons and sang in the choir. I loved music with a passion that rivaled my love for art… it was that big a part of my life.
But there came the point when I had to choose because I couldn't devote 100% of my time to both. These art forms each demand much more of a person when it comes to selecting a career path. I chose painting, and the music gradually diminished from my life.
Recently, however, I’ve returned to playing piano once in a while just for fun. Since I've played some of the same stuff over and over for the last 15 years, I decided to order some new sheet music to freshen up my repertoire.
At first, I was excited to play through the new material, but I quickly realized that the music was just "ok." Honestly, I got rather bored playing through these lovely but cliche arrangements of popular songs.
This made me realize that I have changed. I'm not a student anymore, but a person who is capable of taking something and making it my own. And as a recovering rule-follower, it has taken me years to realize that I can do this. The possibilities are limitless.
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