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Just do it

Just do it
By Jeeyoon Kim  • Issue #17 • View online
Hello friends!
Last weekend I had my first virtual concert from my living room. It may have looked flawless to you, but I had many doubts and concerns about it. ‘Would it sound like a performance?, What if the power goes off and the internet won’t work?, The creamy timbre and range of the piano can never be fully reproduced in a live streaming. Am I hurting myself as an artist by doing this?, Will people enjoy it?, Isn’t it better to wait until I can give a concert in person?’… You name it, I had it in my mind bank.
Then I thought about many lessons that I have learned whenever I pushed through something seemingly impossible or difficult. I always gained tremendous strength and a new perspective on life that I could not have learned in any way other than by being vulnerable in those situations.
So I decided to do it. Just like the from Nike logo says, Just Do It.
There were audiences from all over the world: Chile, Korea, England, Thailand, France, and Canada, and people loved it. The fact that I did it from the living room made it feel more personal and inviting. They said that it was very satisfying to have a little musical snack, and loved their front row view from the comfort of their homes.
What did I learn?
I learned the value of doing again. Something is always better than nothing. Done is always better than never finished. Instead of living in doubt and fear, I came out of my cave and did it. After all, it was a very precious experience for me and the global audience, opening up a new possibility of sharing music for now or the long haul regardless of this pandemic. I smiled big after the concert, sensing a feel of accomplishment as I conquered another level of courage in the game of life. One member of the audience commented;
Music gives me the experience of continuous presence. Music has the ability to hold you and keep you in the present moment, just like some friends who practice meditation say that it does that for them. But on the other hand music constantly moves, always going into the future and leaving the past behind. That music can combine these things is what gives it its unique ability to reveal the Nature of Reality to us. Thank you so much for giving us this gift. It was absolutely beautiful.
I’ll be 90 in March. I’ won’t stay in this world for long. But will definitely meet and enjoy all your live concerts in heaven! I loved it.
What about you? 
Is there anything in your life that you doubt? Please consider shutting your inner thoughts and just doing the very thing that you fear or that exists only in your head. If anything, you will learn another wonderful lesson and the action of pushing your limit will reward you with another dose of strength to fuel your life afterwards.
Have a wonderful week! 💕

My favorite things this week
  1. An Article - Whether they know it or not, all creators have experienced it at least once. Creative burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion around creative work. The symptoms can be hard to pinpoint, and the potential causes are many. This article talks about how to prevent and deal with it.
  2. Edible flowers- Sometimes pretty things are also tasty. A flower from one of my students.
My favorite Music This Week
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2, Ormandy & PhiladelphiaO (1959)
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2, Ormandy & PhiladelphiaO (1959)
I love this creamy slow movement of Rachmaninoff by one of my favorite conductors - Ormandy. This old recording has that emotional quality that the music asks for. Nothing beats a legendary team like this. I am obsessed with it this week.
Quote of the Week
We also tend to overestimate the percentage of reality that we understand. We think we know all the opportunities that are out there. Five years ago, I thought I knew all the career opportunities that were available to me. Thankfully, I was wrong. I never thought I could or would be working on the things I’m working on today. It seems the way to do this is to increase your exposure to positive volatility and generate more options for yourself.
Tweet of the Week
Jeeyoon Kim, pianist
I immensely enjoyed connecting with you last Sunday via my 30x3 concert. It was certainly nice to hace a little snack along the way when we are really hungry (for a live performance.) 😉🎹💗
This Week's Video to Highlight
What I've learned from 2020
What I've learned from 2020
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Jeeyoon Kim

Hi, I am Jeeyoon, classical pianist, educator, author, podcaster and YouTuber from US, originally from South Korea. I am passionate about creating a classical music more relevant and friendly to everyone, creating a bridge between me and audiences, and sharing behind the scenes of a life of classical pianist. I write bi-weekly newsletter with some thoughts, life lessons and interesting articles I discovered during those weeks.

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