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Thankful for Music Makers

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Thankful for Music Makers

  • At this time of Thanksgiving, take a moment to be present and relish the ability to play music. Acknowledge how incredible it is to do what you do.



  • In positive psychology research, sharing gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships

  • Gratitude requires that we look outside of ourselves and be present.

  • Practicing musical gratitude requires that we acknowledge the work we've and other musicians have accomplished.

I've always enjoyed playing with other musicians, but this year I can honestly say the feeling of gratitude I have to perform and play in public is probably more than I have ever felt. This year when attending rehearsals and performances. I'm purposefully moving slower, taking in my surroundings, and allowing myself to enjoy the hustle and bustle of performing. If I find myself complaining or about to complain, I immediately flip the script.

"To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist."

- Robert Schumann

Things that might have bothered me about performing in the past mean so little now. The energy of happiness and excitement that I feel from fellow musicians lifts me up.

I look out into the audience and can only focus on my eyes, I see anticipations, joy, and gratitude that they are able to come and listen to music. When they clap for us, I clap for them in gratitude and for what we just shared.

As you return to the craziness of holidays performing, work to feel great in every moment.

I wish you a happy and safe thanksgiving.

- With gratitude, Candace


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