A frightened captain makes a frightened crew.
—Lister Sinclair, playwright and broadcaster
The great music teacher and motivator of artists Rodney Mercado had a simple recipe for success. He said, “There are only two principles that you need to get to play great music or to live a great life: concentration and relaxation. And that’s it. That is it.”
Scott Richardson recalls this remark and what he said back to Mercado: “What? That doesn’t have anything to do with music!”
“It has everything to do with music.”
And the way he taught relaxation was: “You need to have the maximum relaxation. For instance, if you want to play faster, ...