“Musical Wisdom Begins In Musical Wonder”
Josh Isenberg: pure-piano
Celebrating 25 Years Living in Naples “Paradise” Florida Since 1989
First of all, many posts I have researched regarding this quote are wrong. Yes, that is a bold statement but not intended to convey arrogance on my part. It is to point out that many are misquoting the quote itself. Is it, “Wisdom begins in Wonder” or “Wisdom begins with Wonder”? I can save you time and tell you that the former is correct and the latter is not. Why is it, then, that so many articles and blogs seem to make no differentiation between “in” and “with”. One word can make a difference. Say it a few times to yourself and you will see what I mean. (“With” wonder), conveys a sense that you possess this quality called, “wonder”. (“In” wonder) conveys a state of being: Something you are and not something separate from yourself. I can tell you without a doubt that my 40+ years of being involved in the arts, specifically the music arts, not only began in wonder, but this state of being “in wonder” inexplicably drives me each and every day. It is a part of my being and something separate from myself. Being in this constant state of “in wonder” creates abundant inspiration that is literally at my finger tips… pardon the pun! 🙂
“Nothing seems to impact my learning methodology more than the philosophy of deliberate practice: Consistent and deliberate effort to improve my level of musicianship.”
Henry David Thoreau said, “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of a person to elevate his or her life by conscious endeavor.” In other words, the power of intention is what makes our life what it is. We either actively intend or passively intend. Think about that for a few moments.
I have one clearly stated intention when it comes to being a pianist, musician, artist, etc… I want to become the best pianist / musician I can. My father still tells me to this day, the only way I will develop further in my art is to listen to other musicians and to play with other musicians: Not just any musicians but musicians who are better at their craft than I am at mine. After 40 + years of playing the piano, I still follow my father’s advice to this day! And although I’ve come a long way in 40 + years, in some ways, I feel like I am just scratching the piano playing surface. Since attitude determines altitude, I approach each day with an attitude of deliberate practice. Nothing seems to impact my learning methodology more than the philosophy of deliberate practice: Consistent and deliberate effort to improve my level of musicianship.