Curiosity is your best asset right now

As we head into what we hope to be the last several months of the arts shutdown, we cross fingers and toes, WEAR OUR MASKS and think of stages and lights and singing together again. But simply waiting can take a toll on creativity, so I offer you a challenge, if you haven’t done it … Read more

My vaccine came with bonus insights

Yeah, that’s a big claim. I’m not sure I can actually live up to that title, but I couldn’t resist. You see, I got vaxxed on Saturday, with no small amount of ridiculous drama. My appointment was sudden and unexpected, I really hate needles, I had to get a friend to drive me about 35 … Read more

Flying lesson

This is you, although it might not feel like it right now. The trick is, if you stop believing, you’ll stop flapping. You’ll forget how to glide. And flying will seem further and further out of reach. Believe. Be ready to glide when you feel the air shift. We’ll be flying again soon enough.

(Hiding out until normal comes back)

Here’s the problem with hiding out: “What’s normal again?” Can’t remember. And of course, it doesn’t matter much, because as things shut down and eventually open up again, things will be different… again. What we have to embrace is that the newness and strangeness of how the world is changing is OK. Look for the … Read more

Things to do while you’re stuck at home

For those who suddenly find themselves with time on their hands because rehearsals and performances have been canceled, cabin fever is a danger almost as scary as the coronavirus. Here are a few things that might help you make the most of this time “off”:

Momentum

“Just because you are committed to moving forward doesn’t mean you have to move at any certain speed. Think about how slowly mountains are made. Think about how islands build up from the sea floor until they finally break the surface. Progress is progress. Keep moving.” — Tweeted 1/7/20 by @maggiesmithpoet (Follow her!)

One guy’s opinion

One pastor has decided that church musicians should not only play and sing for free, but that they should be condemned if they don’t. This is quite a stretch, and doesn’t hold water biblically, historically or ethically. The online backlash has been considerable, and our own post on the List’s Facebook page has gotten more … Read more

Composer becomes direct publisher: An interview with Amy Gordon

Lauri had an in-depth chat with Lister composer Amy Gordon, who has recently launched a fully functional store on her website. You can peruse and listen to her compositions as well as purchase as many copies as you need. It’s beautifully built, well-designed and an excellent example of how musicians can take sales into their … Read more

What are you willing to REALLY reach for?

There’s something about being a musician that makes some people feel helpless, like luck is everything. Quasi-proverbial clichés like “it’s who you know…” and “opportunity knocks” can be misinterpreted as reality checks, and can often feel like slaps in the face. But they should really be calls to action. If you know what you want … Read more

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