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The Satisfied Performer

The Satisfied Performer

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Published by: Dr Daniel K. Robinson on Jan 27, 2011
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TheSatisfiedPerformer
 
By Daniel K. Robinson
(February 2011)
 
I must admit that in years gone past I have not been the biggest fan of summer.The Queensland heat mixed with stifling humidity has always been on my list of  ‘least favourite things.’ This being said there is one summer activity I have cometo really enjoy – even look forward to. Cricket is a game I grew up playing in theback yard with my brothers and more recently I have started playing it in ourfront yard with my son. Above all I love sitting in front of a 5 day test matchwatching the tussle between elite athletes as they struggle for gameplaysupremacy.One thing I have noted this year, as Australia was absolutely embarrassed bythe English in their fight for the Ashes (don’t get me started), is the dynamicnature of each players individual performance. Some players, regardless of theirsides performance, made stellar individual contributions to the team while otherplayers struggled for ‘form’ and as a result did not add very much to the teamsscore card. As I sat in my comfortable lounge chair observing these ‘formslumps’ I found myself considering the similarities between the sporting worldand the arts world.In the arts world there is a truism that is universally acknowledged;
“You areonly as good as your last performance.” 
At this point I must say I am notsuggesting that I agree or even subscribe to this general rule, but for the sake of my overarching point I ask you to entertain the thought that proposesperformers, whether they are singers, instrumentalists or even drummers (LOL),are held accountable to their most recent presentation.Allow me to ask a question: if this is a widely held adage, consciously orotherwise, what pressure does it build upon developing performers?Internationally respected singing teacher Meribeth Bunch Dayme (2009) writesin
Dynamics of the Singing Voice
,While every artist needs an analytical and critical faculty, it is not possibleto criticise oneself and sing at the same time without sacrificingspontaneity, creativity and intuition. Anything the singer is thinking otherthan the message will draw his or her own and the audience’s attentionaway from the music. (p. 21)There’s wisdom in them there words! Is it possible that much of the pressurethat we feel to perform at the top of our game for every performance –regardless of our health physically, emotionally or spiritually – predominantlycomes from our own self-analysis? One cricketer that really impressed me thisyear was Mitchell Johnson. After a disappointing game in Brisbane he wasdropped from the side but instead of taking his bat and ball and going home hetook that same bat and ball and headed for the nets. Mitchell was not going to

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