Things I thought I had finally overcome have come back and new struggles have accompanied them. This is particularly disconcerting as I am singing in a recital in less then ten days, and I feel that I will not be as well prepared technically as I felt I was going to be originally. The difficult aspect of this situation is that I am presented with two choices: 1.) Allow myself to go back to what I was doing prior to my lesson so that I can get through the recital, or 2.) Work as hard as possible with these "new" concepts that I have been struggling with and hope for the best when I get to the recital. Ultimately the choice is an easy one to make. Option number one serves a solely selfish purpose and does not benefit me in the least, or my audience. Option number two, while considerably more difficult at the moment will be more subservient to my final goal and a step in the right direction, even if my current level is mediocre. In general, one must always move with forward progress, even if it feels backwards at the time.
In his post, Ron talks about the time it takes for a singer to develop their instrument. In fact, this is a common theme in Ron's writing which more singers need to hear. The truth of my situation is that I am in no rush to get out and perform, outside of the fact that I really dislike my day job. My main goal is to become a complete singer who can be the best at his art. At 27 I am still on the young side of this business, but I am beginning to feel some pressure as young artist program age limits are beginning to creep nearer. However, if I develop my instrument completely, I can still forge a career without the help of these stepping stones.
The Kashu-do mantra that heads Ron's blog is the perfect statement about my life and my path in music throughout my musical life. I believe wholeheartedly that I will make it as a singer, and even though I have faced many tribulations in this field already my faith, patience and hard work have always paid dividends in the long run and will continue to do so into the future.