Much respect to those who can play an instrument AND sing well, at the same time!
I found trying to do both to be challenging, but I’m glad I didn’t let that stop me. I discovered that focusing on the joy of singing and playing the guitar, versus aiming for perfection, allowed the song to flow more smoothly. Staying in the moment forced me out of my head (where the potential for criticism lies), and into my heart (where the music lives).
Could I have recorded this video 100 times over until I no longer heard that sharp note or that bungled chord? Yes, but that may have led to procrastination. As a recovering perfectionist, it was important for me to post it anyway and not allow perfectionism to keep me from taking an important step on my creative journey… sharing what I’m working on!
I believe we are all creative. Acting on that creativity is a joy, but sharing what you’ve created with others, be it a song, film, painting, manuscript, beautifully decorated dessert, or well-designed room, seems to complete the artistic circuit.
Sharing your art, without a need for approval or a fear of criticism or judgment, occurs when you’re clear on your purpose and comfortable in your skin (or at least on the way to becoming more comfortable in it)!
I think Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, said it best: “Creativity is an act of faith, and we must be faithful to that faith, willing to share it to help others, and to be helped in return.”
I hope you enjoy the song. More importantly, I hope you’re encouraged to step boldly into a creative journey of your own!