Here comes the judge

In our society we have all become quite comfortable with judging others, judging ourselves and with being judged.

What I’m getting at is that, as a musician and songwriter, a little judgment goes a long way. Judging your peers and judging yourself can be destructive and undermine self-confidence. This is different from discernment — I may discern that the band I would like to join is not a good match or that I would do better to practice more to sharpen my stage performance. But to judge ourselves in absolutes as, “I’m not a good singer” or “I’ll never get this” or “I’m not as good as him” is when a bit of perspective helps.

Remember that you’re doing what you love: writing, playing and singing songs. When you started out, as everyone did, you had a lot to learn — but it was fun.

You are still learning, and will never know it all — if you think you do, that particular “judgment” may stop you from practicing, or being open to new ideas. It is vital to KEEP IT FUN! Musicians are blessed with the type of “work” that feeds our souls. We are in the moment, feeling and being the music as it happens! That’s why it’s called “playing” — we are playing in every sense of the word.

May I suggest instead of judging others and/or yourself, realize that we all do the best we can, and we have fun doing it. It doesn’t get any better than that!

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