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August 16, 2006
by George Allen Durkee
Although I have an aptitude for music, when I sit down at the piano,
I have no aspiration other than to experience the joy of music. I am not
committed to reaching the next skill level. Music for me is in some ways more pleasurable
than painting because I don't try to ascend from one plateau up to the
next and then, still unsatisfied, struggle to climb to the next. I am not
an accomplished musician, but my enjoyment is boundless.
Painting on the other hand carries with
it a restless undertone, goading me to go beyond myself. I want, insatiably,
to be better than I am. Because I seem to think everyone else is like me,
or ought to be, I'm often surprised and judgmental of amateur painters who
coast along with self satisfied complacency. I want them to dig deeper,
try harder, I want them to want.
Of course, there's nothing wrong with
playing the piano simply for pleasure.
George Allen Durkee
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