Patience Equals Mastery

Singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles, in her book “Sounds Like Me,” talked about the music making process.

“I have learned over the years that ‘not knowing’ is part of the beauty of making music, and that vocabulary is important, but not crucial in communication.  Only patience is crucial in communication.  Recording is exploration.  You take a piece of music and excavate, searching for the shape of the song wants to take in the moment.  You use wonderful musicians, producers, and engineers who help you navigate those waters and hopefully also help you remember that it doesn’t have to feel precious or scary.  You try things that don’t work as you hunt for what does.  And sometimes you even find it.”

Life is a bit like that.  Learning anything is an act of faith and mastery is an act of patience.