We've all made them, stuck to them, broken them, revisited them, and possibly broken them again! Regardless of how you approach New Year's resolutions, they never seem to be all that enjoyable. So for 2011, I propose that we make some fun musical resolutions. Sure maybe you're committed to dusting off the elliptical in the basement that gets no use, but as a secondary, let's set at least one performing arts related goal for the new year.
How many concerts did you attend last year? Only two-three? Make it ten this year. Nothing heals the soul quite like a captivating live show.
Been meaning to learn an instrument but just never got around to it? Make it happen. Wolf Trap actually offers piano and guitar lessons in a fun, relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Take a look.
Getting better at an instrument and honing your singing voice, but are still nervous about taking that leap to live performance? Perform at a couple open mic nights. There's a great one at Solly's U St. Tavern in D.C. at the corner of U and 11th the second Tuesday of every month. Ask for Ben Burdick when you arrive, he'll take care of you.
Been meaning to donate to an arts-based charity, but other things keep getting in the way? Wolf Trap is always a good option...as we are a nonprofit organization and rely on contributions to thrive. Also, Americans for the Arts has a strong online donation system in place.
These are just a few ideas to get you thinking about increased arts involvement for 2011. Chime in with some of your resolutions, we'd love to hear.