The Artist’s Task

violinDear Readers,

I have decided to drop back to posting this blog every other week. I enjoy writing it and especially enjoy hearing from my readers, but keeping this amount of writing up weekly inevitably takes a chunk of my work time. When I made this announcement once before, I heard from one reader who said, “Your weekly blog is what keeps me writing!” I so appreciated knowing that these small pieces were making a difference to someone out there in the isolation in which we all work that after a month of posting bi-weekly, I tumbled right back into the every-week routine.

Now, though, I’m also posting a separate blog for teachers, “Educator’s Endnotes,” and I’m finding that talking to my readers too easily takes precedence over creating the work that brings us together to start with. So once more I will be posting bi-weekly, and on the weeks when I don’t write a blog, such as this one, I will offer instead a quote that I find intriguing. I hope you will find it intriguing, too.

In a world where we all have too much pulling at us all the time, especially too much that demands to be read, thank you for your loyalty.


“Sometimes it is the artist’s task to find out what music
you can still make with what you have left.”
–Itzhak Perlman
(after having finished playing a concert with a broken string)

8 thoughts on “The Artist’s Task

  1. Joanne Toft

    Wise move! I find myself writing only for my blog these days. My personal writing got lost in the social factor of the web. Being a social person who has only recently left the full day teaching – where people are all around all the time. It is hard to go into the quiet void of writing. I appreciate your need to step away to spend time with your thoughts and writing. It is my goal to learn how to do this – to step away and spend that needed quiet time. Thanks for all you have shared and will share through your writing.

    1. Marion Bauer Post author

      Thanks, Joanne. I wish you well in this new venture. It is a hard transition to make, working in such isolation, and the Internet is a great temptation. I didn’t have such temptations when I started out. I suppose, as with everything else, it’s a matter a finding balance.

  2. Norma Gaffron

    Take time for yourself, Marion. And yes, at this time of life I must find what music I still can – in so many ways.

  3. Sarah Lamstein

    I so value your posts, Marion. Again, you’re modeling what we all should do – tend to the work.


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