New Year’s 400

Happy New Year!

This first post of 2016 is my 400th on Musical Me.  The blog continues to do its job, reinforcing the musical learning I’m doing as I pursue my instrument.  There’s no denying I’ve come a long way on the violin – a richness of detail now informs every practice session – short term goals, such as playing through a new Suzuki song, are giving way to the bigger picture.  I am a violinist.

2016 will also bring a milestone for my other formal learning pursuit – my karate-do.  As March gives way to April, I’ll find myself practicing karate in front of our grandmaster in New York.  These testing opportunities come along only every few years, and I am deeply appreciative of the reminder that I’m on a formal martial path, one that requires constant tending.  I am a martial artist.

It’s going to be a big year.  I’ll also be assuming a new role at work, buying a new condo, suffering through a presidential election with the rest of the US, and turning 40.

What’s with holding onto hats?  I need all the free hands I can get.

Thanks for reading.


One comment

  1. Julie Libel · · Reply

    You summed it all up beautifully, Ryan! It’s so exciting to watch your pursuits!

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