I studied flute in the school and this year I will graduate from the Romanian music university from Bucharest. I am not graduating from the university in flute performance, but in pedagogy. Currently I do not feel any passion in playing the flute but I know that I can do more, yet I have no motivation to give the world my music. I don’t know why.
For 5 years I’ve been playing in an orchestra… I do not play very much but I feel inside of me something that gives me no peace and does not let me get away from music. From the outside I feel like a stone, cold and distant, but inside I am like a fire and I know that I can do more than I am already. But I don’t feel any motivation. What can I do?
Last year I bought a new flute, but he is standing for a long time in a case. Is there a solution for this?
Thank you for you answer,
It would have been really easy for me to write Victor something like:
Look, sometimes you just gotta show up and force yourself to play–that’s what we musicians have to do sometimes. Believe me– I know first-hand about what I have to tell myself when I don’t feel like practicing. So get on with it; start getting your money’s worth out of that new flute already. Chin up.
But… I don’t really think that this type of answer would have helped me much when I was experiencing my own musical burnout. Sure, we certainly need to show up to our art–even if we’d rather be cleaning hair out of a clogged shower drain, but it’s certainly not my final words on this matter.
I speak about
— ‘Ebb and Flow’ as part of the artistic process
— Giving yourself permission to let the flute go (if you need to)
— The potential need for ‘Artistic Rebirth’
Think of it as the chat we’d have if we were having beach-side mojitos together.