Very often we consider a musician's performance in a superficial way, focusing our attention only on the final performance as if that were the end point. But, just like an iceberg of which you can only see the tip, you do not fully consider the path that every musician takes during his or her life.
To better reflect on this theme, I invite you to read the poem "Caminante no Hay camino" by Antonio Machado, an important literary personality of 20th century Spain.
Wayfarer, your footprints are
the path, and nothing more;
Wayfarer, there is no path:
the path is made by walking.
The path is made by walking,
and when you look back
you see the path that you will never
never to be trodden again.
Wayfarer, there is no path,
but wakes on the sea.
The verses are taken from the collection "Campos de Castilla".
The protagonist of these verses by Machado is the "wayfarer", who follows his path without a predefined destination, given by instinct, towards an uncertain future, where the past is represented as the trails of the sea that are destined to become extinct.
Personally, I found it natural to associate the figure of the "wayfarer" with that of the musician and his apparently simple and pleasant path, but full of pitfalls and vicissitudes in search of a continuous and perfect result.
It is rare for an outside view to recognise the efforts and sacrifices made by the musician.
On the other hand, very often it is the musician himself who hardly looks back and values his past path.
The "journey" is made up of choices that are not always well thought out, but made with the intention of enriching oneself, where even mistakes are fundamental in drawing the lines of one's path.
"Caminante, no hay camino, sino estelas en la mar."
The musician constantly feels the need to travel, to get to know and deal with other realities, which are not always accommodating, but which are valuable for making the best of every experience.
It is a work of research mainly within oneself, in which it is important to recognise one's own limits in order to try to overcome them.It is a work of research mainly within oneself, in which it is important to recognise one's own limits in order to try to overcome them.It is a work of research mainly within oneself, in which it is important to recognise one's own limits in order to try to overcome them.
A fundamental presence in the path of a musician is the figure of the Maestro, who acts as a guide both from a more concrete, technical point of view and from the point of view of education in artistic sensitivity.
The guide must be able to enhance the strengths of the 'walker' and give him the necessary impetus to go further and further, as Virgil did with Dante.
It is easy to fall into fear and remain helpless in the face of difficulties. A multitude of insecurities arise and one is overwhelmed by the doubt of not succeeding, instead of thinking about how difficulty is fundamental to the flourishing of the "camino" and how patience, constancy and determination serve to increase the wealth of experience.
"[...] patience, perseverance and determination serve to increase the wealth of experience."