The vision of the Lab is a grand one but I often find myself hesitating to give a rigid definition of what the space should be defined as. There are feelings and nuggets of wisdom that always ring true, however, and everything that is being built here is based on a few core ideas and values. This list flowed right out and was a wonderful reminder of the greater mission and the every day push to make genuine sounds.
1. Be genuine in helping others.
Be genuine in your interactions. Find common ground and create alliances. When you build real relationships, helping others becomes second nature.
2. Listen to people and the music they make.
The easiest way to find common ground is truly listen. Whatever sound is being produced, hear it. Stay in the moment and focus on what is being said through words or notes.
3. Create a space where people feel comfortable getting a little uncomfortable.
Growing as a musician and as a person is not easy. Mold an environment around you that is one of encouragement and accepting of mistakes, easing people out of their comfort zones and into a place of self-discovery.
4. Educate people adequately so they can go into the world with confidence.
Start with fundamentals and build lesson plans off of a solid foundation. Keep a map of lessons learned and milestones achieved and make students aware of their successes. Acknowledge those accomplishments with the students so they feel inclined to play with and in front of other people.
5. Be passionate and inspire others to share their gifts with others.
Ideas turned into actions change the world. Be a contagious positive force for change.
Pachyderm is all about music, but we are more than that. PML strives to inspire people to follow their dreams and shape those dreams to create a world of genuinely kind human interactions. What are you doing to change the world around you? Is there a way we can help each other? I would love to hear from you please contact me with your responses. Thanks so much for reading.