The writer Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) gave us these much treasured words:
“Come away from the din.
Come away to the quiet fields,
over which the great sky stretches,
and where, between us and the stars,
there lies but silence;
and there, in the stillness
let us listen to the voice
that is speaking within us.”
Whether speaking of the Divine, or perhaps the voice of our own inner creative inspiration, these words represent a powerful call which we should and surely must heed on a regular basis.
For the school child, the busy professional or the highly active senior, the “Quiet Fields” could mean time spent at the piano.
For those of us whose work involves performing on or teaching the piano, the “Quiet Fields” are necessarily elsewhere.
But for all of us the imperative applies: we need time away from the daily grind to listen and to renew.