Too Cold to Play
Written by Donald Moro   
Friday, 29 June 2012 20:26

Today I practiced at St. Edwards Church.  It was over 100 degrees outside, and I'll bet it was 62 degrees in that church.  My fingers were numb.

That got me thinking about how many times I have performed in adverse conditions, and how easy it is to let the conditions affect my play.  I think it's the mark of a true professional when someone can play through illness, bitter cold, sweltering heat, barely functioning instrument, last-minute changes, you name it!  I have found the key is to really focus on the playing, blocking the outside discomforts and distractions from affecting my concentration.  The best playing is when you become one with the music to the exclusion of everything else.  It's what keeps me motivated.