Greatness Isn't Born, It's Grown

Happy Labor Day! Here at Blue Feather, we’re exploring new outlets for our students to share music and grow as performers in upcoming months. I personally find myself contemplating better ways to explain to all my singers and pianists the essential ingredients that distinguish talented musicians. 

As a trained vocalist, I am often asked when I found I could sing. It’s a difficult question to answer directly, because I’ve built my singing voice through years of study and careful practice, just like any instrumentalist. One of my first voice teachers advised me this would be the case. She confessed to me that all she could think when told her voice was amazing was, “Well, it better be. I’ve worked my butt off for it.” 

As I read Daniel Coyle’s The Talent Code; Greatness Isn’t Born, It’s Grown, this phenomenon begins to make more sense to me. Though it may look to the world as though I possess a trait (like the color of my eyes) that others do not, this impression is an illusion, according to Daniel Coyle. He explains in lay terms, how a substance called myelin wraps itself around and around the very circuits that are firing signals in our brain whenever we’re practicing a new skill. As myelin strengthens the circuits, we are able to execute movements and make connections at faster and faster speeds. He believes that myelin is the key to virtuosity in any field, and quotes Michelangelo, who stated, “If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.” 

This book has been a wonderful reminder to me that we cannot blame our genes for any lack of talent. I believe Daniel Coyle’s “deep practice” is the main obstacle lying between each one of us and the skills we wish to acquire. My sound has proven this as it grew year after year through much repetition of desirable qualities in shape and height. 

The journey isn’t complete for me though. I am inspired to push the truth of The Talent Code to new limits in my own artistry. I hope you’ll join me! We at Blue Feather will be here to remind you this year that beauty, excellence, and mastery are achievable goals. 

We can’t wait to get started!

~Kellie McHugh~