Musicians know the power of the pause
They know that if all they do is play the notes all they do is lose their audience, confusing them, boring them, irritating them all at once!
They know how even the slightest of pauses can highlight a phrase, helping listeners to reflect upon it, comprehend its meaning and enjoy it.
They know how pausing can bring music to life, making its meaning clear and its beauty radiate.
There are different types of pause
There is the pause of anticipation, the pause of reflection, the pause that comes before a change and the pause before an ending.
There is also the pause that comes before the moment of understanding, the pause that allows our thoughts and emotions to converge and bloom into something new and exciting.
The silence of the pause is truly golden and we can all realise its value
When you need to do some careful and creative thinking make sure you pause:
Pause - to gather your thoughts before starting.
Pause - to reflect before moving on.
Pause - to assimilate and understand what is happening.
Pause - to check your position before changing tack.
Pause - to take stock before ending.
Above all, pause to enjoy!