Category Archives: Worry

“Live in the Now:” A Brief Addendum to My Thoughts on Performance Anxiety

In my essay posted two weeks ago I addressed the topic of performance anxiety, and judging by the statistics regarding that post a number of people found it useful, or at least worth reading and discussing. In thinking and talking … Continue reading

Posted in Performance Anxiety, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Teaching Low Brass, Worry

Performance Anxiety

While a precious few of my readers are blessed with having no personal experience with the matter I am discussing today, most performing artists know it and know it well, and for some it can be debilitating at times. Performance … Continue reading

Posted in Eastern Trombone Workshop, Education, Higher Education, International Trombone Festival, Performance Anxiety, Performing, Playing Fundamentals, Practicing, Providence, Teaching Low Brass, Worry

An Unexpected Metaphor for the Christian Life

March 19, 2010, was undoubtedly the worst day of my professional career as a music professor. Having secured an invitation to perform at one of the largest and most prestigious trombone conferences in the world, I was looking forward to … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Calvinism, Doctrine of Vocation, Music, Music and Theology, Playing Fundamentals, Practical Christianity, Practicing, Scales and Arpeggios, Teaching Low Brass, Theology, Trombone, Worry

Don’t Worry About the Future: An Unexpected Reminder from Our Antebellum Past

Let me begin today by confessing something to you, dear reader. I am a worrier. A first-class, almost constant worrier. Terribly so. Sinfully so. Perhaps that last adverb surprised you. “Sinfully? Sinfully? You mean you sin by worrying?” Yep, that’s … Continue reading

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