Friday, September 12, 2014

10,000 hours or 10 years?

It's been a crazy week. We are in the middle of doing outreach to bands possibly playing the 2015 Pan People Music Festival. We are also celebrating Steel Pan Month. (Any reason for us to buy cake, right?). Also spoke with the filmmakers responsible for the movie Pan: Our Music Odyssey. And finally, met with a potential board member who is a super pan player and eager to help us out.

Anyway, all that activity really hammered the point home that we need to continue doing what we love - and that's play steel pan. No matter how much paperwork or phone calls we make, pan playing has to have its own dedicated time.

I remember hearing or reading somewhere that to be considered excellent at something, you have to stick with it for either 10,000 hours or 10 years. When you think of the all the great and famous musicians - you'll find that many of them reached one or both of those milestones. Mozart, The Beatles, Boogsie Sharpe, Ray Holman, Andy Narell. They made time to do what they loved.

So, make sure you stick to playing pan and rack up your hours too. Keep the distractions to a minimum and stay focused. You'll get there and so will we.


Skip Waugh
Steel Pan Collective

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