We make “serious music” and try to be “serious artists”. But make sure the joy doesn’t get lost in the process:Even the most gregarious of artists can get mired down in worries about the next opportunity, about their performance, about the details of life that seem overwhelming in the moment. But the feeling of being dwarfed by circumstance or the overly heavy sense of artistic responsibility can shatter your focus, mess with your sleep and have a multitude of other negative effects on your life and work.
“Do not take life too seriously.
You will never get out of it alive.”
— Elbert Huddard
Follow the stripes: If you could use some support, his classic guide to stress management (currently in its third edition) will educate you about what stress does, and what you can do about it. When was the last time you saw a zebra with hoof to forehead, crying, “woe is me”?