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