Wednesday, July 05, 2006


Today appears to be double bass day. I took time-off and leave from work today so as to practise on the double bass. There have been some improvements but I don't know if these improvements are good enough to help me pass the practical exams.

Except for the time taken to have my meals, travel between places and taking breaks during practices, most of my time today had been occupied with playing on the double bass. In the morning and early afternoon, I was practising on my own at home. In the late afternoon, I had double bass lessons. In the evening, orchestra rehearsal finally resume and I joined in. I must have had a double-bass playing marathon today?

The attempts to play the Grade 8 sight-read pieces today need much more work to reach a satisfactory level. I don't know if I could achieve the miracle of being competent with the sight-reading section by end of the month. Programme for the exams still need work upon.

I am feeling too tired to even give too much thought to the thoughts of feeling inadequate.

That reminds me, that when I feel inadequate, I found it helpful to read this:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous --

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn't serve the world.

There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people

Won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.

It is not just in some of us: it is in everyone,

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously

Give other people permission to do the same.

Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love (New York: Harper Collins, 1992)

(taken from Zander R.S. and Zander B. (2000). The Art of Possibility. Boston, Massachusetts: Harvard Business School Press.)


mistipurple said...

jiayou. do your best everyday. if off color for one day, just pick yourself up the next. *wink*

Simple American said...

Glad the orchestra started again. I remember you wondering about this before.

Enjoyed the "Art of Possibility".

dreaming-neko said...

double-bass marathon... nice :)

oceanskies79 said...

Misti: Thanks. I hope I will be strong enough to pick myself up.

SA: Yes, it is a nice book.

Dreaming Neko: :)