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Friday, March 15, 2013

Five Minute Friday-Rest

A rest in musical terms means to take a breath or a break of a certain duration. That rest may last for the length of a breath or for many measures.

The break doesn't mean the song is over, it only means it is time to not participate. While resting, the musician or singer will no doubt be very aware of what the other active participants are doing.

Perhaps she will enjoy what she hears, or critique, or cringe at what she hears. But she will not be part of it. Unless she can't relinquish a feeling of responsibility or need for control. Then she will use that rest as a time to expend stressed energy.

A musical rest–a chance to breathe, a chance to listen, a chance to choose. Relinquish or micromanage?

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