This is so true of writing verse and prose also. You have to allow for time away from the keyboard/ pencil/ typewriter to live and understand those fickle things you want to write and capture, cradled in simple words. Please take the time to enjoy Tony’s words and give him some love.
Playing notes is the basic idea of music, but it’s an impression, and a shallow one. It’s not enough to play the notes.
What I really have to do as a musician is everything that is not in the notation.
The same way I need time with my instruments to interpret notes, I need time with people, to understand and interpret them.
It’s the things I notice when I’m not with my guitar or at the piano that I find so interesting and want to explore later through the soundboard, the strings, bridges, keys and petals.
Playing music is mostly about this: listening to the human heart as it encounters, accepts, and learns to live from whatever rubs up against it.