The first day

I played music at the wedding of a friend earlier today. And the atmosphere in the church was electric. Because it’s a big day. The first day of a new union of two people.

But it’s the same on the first day of a new course, or the first gig with a new band. You’re going to bring energy. You’re up for it, excited by it, eager to get going.

And the event will prosper as a result of your attitude.

It gets harder once the first day finishes though. It’s no longer as exciting. More difficult to turn up every day with the same enthusiasm.

But that’s the very time it’s needed. Not necessarily at the start when everyone else has energy also. But in the days and months afterwards, when the tour becomes tiring, or when the course becomes difficult.

That’s when you need to pretend to yourself that it’s the first day all over again, and show up with that attitude. Your colleagues will thank you for it.

I'm Kieran and I play piano. Actually I do a bit more than just playing - I teach others how to play, and I write music, arrange it and host/produce shows.