Our prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 6th is from Sadje, who gives us “master.”
When it comes to music, I can be a bit of a perfectionist, and when learning a new piece, preferred to practice in an empty house until I mastered it.
As a child, people could be pretty tactless by saying
‘Well she hasn’t got that right!’
so my confidence ebbed, in turn leading to embarrassment whenever I hit a bum note.
At 12, I had lessons, but grew frustrated working out the notes and then trying to get the tempo right. I always wanted to master The Moonlight Sonata, but it was beyond me in print, and I only managed the first three or four bars by ear.
My Dad understood though, knowing when something was on my mind not by what I played, but the way I played it, especially if I improvised and got the melody totally wrong yet it fitted in with the rest.
So what if I didn’t get things quite right? It’s all down to personal interpretation anyway.
Think of The Beatles ‘Ticket to Ride’, and then listen to The Carpenters version.
Another Beatles track ‘Help’ is a strong ballad by Tina Turner.
I have favourite pieces I like to play, I can play others but never do because I don’t like them, and Hubby likes to hear me tinkering around.
I never professed to being a master of music. I play for myself and if anyone wants to listen, that’s OK.
Written for JusJoJan 2019, 6th January