Fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
Affect, animate, arouse, cause, embolden, excite, galvanize, impress
Of extraordinary quality, as if arising from some external creative impulse.
“They had to thank the choir for the inspired singing”
“I just can’t listen to any more Wagner, you know…I’m starting to get the urge to conquer Poland.” Woody Allen
Okay, I don’t know if that’s the inspiration we are looking for in our music, but it is inspiration. We often find ourselves in one of two positions, that of needing to inspire or that of needing to be inspired.
Sometimes our effort of inspiring leaves us depleted and feeling that inspiration has left us forever. Rejoice, it hasn’t. Those are the times we need to let our souls, minds, and heart rest and get an infilling of inspiration ourselves.
“Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration,
if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.” Igor Stravinsky
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
We as musicians have been given such a tremendous gift. So many people truly need what we have for them. Sometimes we forget that. Even when we might not feel inspired there are people we need to inspire. We look outward for inspiration but we have it in our hands, feet, head, and most of all in our own hearts.
With the tremendous gift we have been given, we have an obligation to inspire others and remember to allow ourselves to be inspired. Sometimes we are amazed at the sounds that emanate from that most magnificent of instruments on which we work, and are taken aback that we helped create that sound that is beyond words.
“Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.”
Excerpted from an article by David Jordan, media artist, published in the March 2016 issue of the Pro-Motion Music e-newsletter. Mr. Jordan and his wife, concert organist Jeannine Jordan, are the creators and performers of three unique audience-engaging multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Around the World in 80 Minutes. Contact Jeannine at email@example.com to learn more of these unique events.