Sir James Galway, noted flutist, is my inspiration. I admire his talent, skill, discipline and confidence. While CF could have kept me from playing flute, I have made sure it did not. James Galway says, “It’s all about practice, the more you do, the better you get.” I want to develop that sort of discipline to raise my flute playing to the next level. His mental preparation for performing inspires me. After sixty years playing, Galway still practices four hours daily. One of the greatest flutists ever, he believes practice is the difference between him and other talented flutists. He admits he has talent, but that many musicians do. The difference, he says, is practice.
I met Galway several years ago and he was so “normal” and friendly; I realized he is an ordinary person who works very hard but is still able to have fun playing the flute. He helped me believe I can do the same. With CF, I often have obstacles. I recently performed a recital with a lung infection. I could have re-scheduled, but it was important to me to perform as planned. I don’t want to allow CF to affect me as a performer.
When I listen to James Galway’s music I am joyful and inspired. When I performed at the Make-A-Wish conference, I was striving to pass on that same joy and inspiration to the audience. As I grow as a performer, I will continue to seek inspiration in James Galway.
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