With being a musician, doubt always comes on cue: rearing its head when you least expect it. Doubt makes us question whether putting in all these hours of practice to just mess up during a performance are worth it. Doubt makes us question whether our music will resonate with anyone, let alone ourselves.
Doubt makes us question being a musician.
But there is a way to court doubt and use it to our advantage. There has to be. Don’t tell me that Brahms, Beethoven, Bach, Schubert, Stravinsky, or Satie didn’t have the same doubts that we have now.
But doubt did not triumph with any of them. The music did.
In our own way we need to let the music soothe our doubts with its passion and humanity. Then again, that is why we became musicians in the first place…right?