On the way to this season's first rehearsal with the Savannah Philharmonic yesterday, I heard an interview with Linda Ronstadt. There was one question asked about jealousy between musicians, and she responded, "Competition is for horse races; there is no place for competition in art."
What a great way to put it! Of course, that got me thinking...
We are all just trying to make music--and we all have an individual voice. No one can exactly copy someone else's music making (and I feel like it is pointless to try. How boring would that be?). So, why bother being jealous or competitive? Just do your thing!
That's one of the big reasons I am loving the Savannah Philharmonic. The cello section is so chummy--I feel like we really do love and support each other. We are not trying to knock each other out of the way to get a shot at first chair. We just do our thing. I wish every cello section was like this one.
In grad school, someone told me, "You will never be the next Yo-Yo Ma." Yeah. Okay. So what?
I'm really glad about that fact--because I'm actually trying to be the next best Nan Kemberling!