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Practice - Obsession of a Musician

At present,

Practice is a luxury

Practice is a need for the soul

Practice is the dream to phrase musically

Practice is the annoyance with dead strings or rattling that interrupt

As a young child,

Practice is mindless.

Practice is a chore.

Practice is an obligation.

Practice, or face the consequences.

Practice is a must.

As a teenager,

Practice is the means to an end.

Practice leads to finishing exams.

Practice is the bargaining chip to this end.

Practice is a should.

As an Engineering student

Practice is non-existent

Practice is rehearsals, teaching, performances

Practice is...

As an undergrad music student

Practice is catching up for lost time

Practice is eight hours of mind-numbing drilling

Practice is muscle memory

Practice is aches, injuries, sharp nerve pains and perseverance

Practice is shutting the case at 2.30am, walking home in the cold and dark, and rolling out of bed for 8am theory classes

As a graduate music student

Practice is passion

Practice is expression, yet

Practice is a need, an urgent need.

Practice is a will, the discipline.

Practice is a should, the endless repertoire list, the constant recitals and concerts to give.

At present,

Practice is me-time, an introvert's escape from the world

Practice is indulgence, rich as a piece of Awfully Chocolate cake

Practice is sensitivity and awareness, drawing beautiful sounds out of the instrument

Practice is a want, need, should, will and must.

Love,

Tee '18

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