No one can deny that in order to grow in an art or craft, practice is essential. Improvement comes through practice. But you can love your art and struggle to do it at the same time – it’s the story of my life, after all. So how do you get yourself to practice?
Or a message to all the classic rock jerks.
A well-disciplined musician will do more than run through a piece to practice. They run through scales, arpeggios, and exercises. They focus on a section that is giving them problems, and play through it different ways to help learn the notes and rhythms. Sometimes, they just tap out rhythms on their laps. It’s generally expected that musicians practice every day, sometimes for hours.
Recently, while obsessively playing Disney songs on repeat, I started to notice that Disney tends to use repetition in the lyrics of different songs to show character and plot development.
The most popular songs – though not always the best – are what I like the call the princess songs. This isn’t just a song that is sung by a princess, its the princess’s song. For an example, Cinderella’s “This is Love” is sung by Cinderella, but “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” is Cinderella’s song.
SPOILER ALERT! Recently, I watched the new Disney movie Moana, and I absolutely loved it. The movie has a lot going for it – a strong female character, no yucky love story, and a plot twist that even my I’ve-been-watching-these-movies-for-fifty-years mom couldn’t predict. The soundtrack was amazing, and the actual songs? They were the perfect blend of character development and plot advancement.