Archives for fear of unknown

How Playing Fearlessly Leads to Reinvention: Recommended Reading List


The Road of Creativity and Kristen McKeon of D’Addario recently presented a new workshop, How Playing Fearlessly Leads to Reinvention. The topic was born from months of inquiry about risk and fear, ultimately leading to the deeper question, “what is your bottom line as a human being (and musician)?” That if your bottom line is identified and adhered to in the most important aspects of your life, doesn’t it seem probable that fear might lessen or subside, which in turn stands to strengthen your ability to take greater risks in all aspects of your life? Read More

“Let’s take a walk…”


…is what my student said to me when he arrived for his saxophone lesson in early December. While we were both reluctant to admit it, this particular lesson was significant because it was his final weekly lesson of his undergraduate degree before his student teaching assignment this coming spring semester.

With curiosity, I obliged his invitation, because after all, I have been lobbing seemingly non-lesson related questions and statements at him for the past four years. There were times he would arrive for his weekly lesson and we would talk about mountain biking. Read More

Mind the Gap

mind the gap

You know, the one that exists between that which you know and do not know.  This has been a focus of our discussions lately in my saxophone studio at the University of Georgia.  This gap produces discomfort of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of lack of productivity.  It unglues the familiar, the foundation upon which past accomplishments have been achieved.  The fear of releasing the familiar for the unfamiliar produces resistance, confusion and frustration.  And questions.  Lots of questions. Read More