Thursday, May 19, 2011

Your Mistakes Are Perfection

I believe that everyone who performs at any level would do well to see that the ‘note-perfect’ performance is not necessarily the best. What is best is to move the hearts and spirits and minds of your listeners. To convey vital energy. To express universal emotions. To move, to inspire, to allow a healthy forgetfulness to occur. If any of these things happen, music has happened. Let’s put less emphasis on ‘making mistakes’ and more on ‘making connections’ -
Wayne
and besides which, how can it possibly have been a mistake? It is now part of past reality-can’t be retrieved- might as well accept the fact that your mistakes are perfection!


10 comments:

  1. Wayne,
    I have been quite a flawed human lately and this post has helped me to embrace it...even if just a little bit. Perfection is my arch nemesis!

    Thank you Sir!
    Rose Marie

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  2. What a beautiful concept, "healthy forgetfulness", something like bliss. This is one of two things I love so much about music that is performed with emotion and not just skill. The second is healthy remembrance, sometimes bittersweet and sometimes bitterly painful but still beloved, something related to attachment. Thanks for sharing the thoughts so encouraging to artists.

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  3. I was telling this story yesterday at lunch - we hosted a singer/musician, a superstar from India, for an event at Virginia Tech. Yes, I remember his singing, but what I remember most was his humility, his no-airs attitude, his asking for our opinion about his upcoming compositions....I could go on and on...

    Was he perfect? No. Was he human? Yes, a resounding Yes!!

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  4. So true! As someone who struggled with perfectionism for much of her life, I have finally gotten to the point where I see that making a mistake is not the end of the world!

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  5. Rose Marie - Even diamonds of great perfection contain flaws, so I guess we who are made of softer matter can take in a few in stride. Thank you for taking the time to comment and to share.
    Wayne

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  6. Lauri -
    Isn't that a great moment? The realization 'I made a mistake! and So what?' Such a waste to re-visit our mistakes in the murky mode of regret!
    Wayne

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  7. Wonderful post, Wayne.

    I come from a long line of perfectionists, but have come to embrace what artist Salvador Dali once said: "Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it."

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  8. Lela:
    Thank you for the Dali quote-Sending it forth as a tweet just now.
    Wayne

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  9. All I have to say to this post, Wayne, is YES!!!!!

    And I so love the Dali quote mentioned above in the comments.

    Thank you, thank you for this wonderful reminder.

    -Erica

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  10. I completely agree. As a vocal performance student, I have often found that so much importance is given to the technical aspect of music that students forget the purpose of music: conveying emotion. I know that personally I would much rather listen to a musician who is not technically perfect but makes me feel something, than a "perfect" performance with no soul to it. And I think this applies to art in general. Whether it is music, dance, painting... Mistakes are a part of being an artist, and a human.

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