This past week I had a LOT to contend with. I had to learn music material and arrangements for 2 different performing groups and I also had to do my regular learning of 4 to 5 new gospel tunes for my church (with no rehearsal). On top of all of that, I was asked to fill in (substitute) for this big band that was doing a Tina Turner tribute here in Philadelphia at one of the big casinos. If that wasn’t enough, there was also other music that I had to learn as well. This is where I “depend heavily” on my gift of “perfect pitch.” I already knew some of Tina’s music from just hearing it played on radio over the years, but this group was doing more of her “live show arrangements” which in most instances were different from the original recordings. I also had “so many” other obligations and responsibilities that it seemed like there was never enough time, so I basically “listened to the music” while driving in my car and learned it while traveling (I do this without having to play my instrument). With perfect pitch, I can actually “picture the notes” in my head and record them in my brain. When it comes to learning new material you not only have to record and remember the notes, but also you need to remember “how” those notes are played. Over the years I managed to “enhance” my hearing and recall greatly. There were many times when I have had to play a song after only hearing it “once.” Whenever that happens, I try to record all the bass lines as I hear them in my head, and then “recall” those notes for show time. Most musicians will tell you that this is not an easy task. For this Tina Turner review I actually had to know 21 of her songs (prior to this concert I think I only knew about 5). When you combine this with the fact that I also needed to know the material for the other 2 bands I had to perform with this past weekend (and the new music for my church) then I think I could say I had the ultimate test for my perfect pitch. By the way, the whole entire weekend was “very successful” for me. I played “everything” and got rave reviews after each show. Everybody loved what I played and I was “extremely exhausted” by Sunday night. My intentions for mentioning this today were not to brag or boast, but rather to relay that we all may not know our real limitations until we first try to expand our potential. This past weekend just having perfect pitch would not have gotten me through it. I also had to make sure my abilities to recall were enhanced enough for me to remember everything I learned. I truly believe that everyone has a “gift of some kind.” When you have a gift it is up to you to try to “expand the potential of it.” Many will get complacent. I still feel as though I have a “lot more” to learn, and I will strive to improve “everything I do” until the “wheels fall off.” I truly don’t believe you are every “too old to learn.” Hopefully you feel the same way. Please don’t ever be afraid to “maximize your potential.” All super beings don’t have to be in comic books. Shock yourself with your own realization of potential, and reach goals you never thought would be attainable. You will be glad you did… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the absolute best that life has to offer.
Lalah Hathaway and Kim Burrell at sound check with Brett Jolly on bass