Sunday, November 4, 2018

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

When I was a child, I thought this was the funniest joke.  "Practice, practice, practice!"  And, while there is a great truth in these three words, the word 'practice' embodies so much more.

Tonight, I give my Carnegie Hall debut with THE SONG CYCLES of BEACHY HEAD as both a performer and a composer ...  Performing in Carnegie Hall was something I only dreamed of doing all those years ago.   Yet, today, as I prepare myself to go on stage, I keep thinking, "How did I get here?"

Yes.  I did practice ... years of practice to be able to play as well as I do ... Yes.  I did practice-- creating and composing music ... Yes.  I did practice playing this recital in many cities around the globe ... but, today ... as I sit here contemplating, I know that ALL of that practice comes down to whether or not I believed in myself.  A performance in Carnegie Hall never happens without belief, which I believe is action fueled by love.

I am filled with overwhelming emotion ... so much love will be there tonight ... family and friends ... perhaps even some of my greatest critics or enemies ... Who knows ... ?  But ... what I do know is that tonight my performance is a statement of belief about myself ... and I am saying to the world:  This is my best!!

Thank you, Beth Dolan, and Shelley Waite ... my favorite Beachy Heads!!
See you at WEILL HALL