Sometimes we like to play pieces that sound nice and fit well under the fingers and feet.
The popular organ repertoire - the usual crowd-pleasers, the stuff that's sure to work, the music that nobody will get offended by.
But why some organists like to get themselves into trouble all the time?
Play unfamiliar organs, improvise lengthy recitals, risk of being misunderstood by the listeners by choosing a repertoire that requires a great deal of trust to make it work?
All of this makes our blood in some of us run cold.
It turns out we are afraid not of the fear itself. We are scared of feeling the fear - which is fear of fear.
When you think about it - all this fear is mostly imagined. Most of the anxiety never realizes.
Life's too short - nothing else matters as much as fruitful failures you experience and measured risks you commit to.
Embrace this fear and let yourself be guided by it.
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