The Mastery of Practice

You might think arranging to have the foremost banjo player in the world give an intimate concert at Hearthfire would be a challenge, but all it took was making the invitation. The transporting, solo banjo music we experienced on Friday was the result of some delightful synchronicity, and moreover, the artist’s desire to engage ever more fully with his own creative practice. Béla Fleck wanted to come try something new. His model of devotion, as much as the music itself, inspired and moved me. He reminded me that mastery is not a destination or result. His virtuosic playing and the compositions which themselves seemed to bend time and space were born from an ongoing process of exploration and discovery–not to mention fun! Much gratitude to Béla for his willingness to share it all with us.