Playing for the sheer joy of it?
Can I put a question about intention? This was prompted by the Micho Russel thread, which got me thinking about the reasons why we play music/sing/dance. When you practise what’s your core motivating thought? I veer between - I’ll learn this tune because it’s played at sessions and if I learn it I can eventually join in without embarrassing myself - and on the other side - sheesh, this is such a beautiful tune, I’ll learn how to play it just for the sheer joy of it and to celebrate the beauty of the music. And I’m happy playing this in the best way I can, for these reasons, by myself, in this practise time.
I’d like to think I play, sing and dance simply for the joy of it and to celebrate the moment but I know that much of my motivation is much more mundane (gotta learn this tune/song/dance right now so I can get out there and show everybody I’ve finally nailed it….!) What do others feel?