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LJ Idol Season 10, Week 4

“I don't skate to where the puck is. I skate to where the puck is going to be. "
Wayne Gretzy

There is only one word to describe the thrust of this quote - Anticipation.

Merriam-Webster defines anticipation as a prior action that takes into account or forestalls a later action, the act of looking forward; especially : pleasurable expectation, visualization of a future event or state , , or an object or form that anticipates a later type

I’m not a hockey player by any means. But I am a vocalist. And I heard this a lot. If you wait till you hear everyone else sing the note or rhythm, you are going to be too late and it will mess everyone else up. You have to anticipate the next note, visualize in your head where the next note is on the scale and be ready to go when everyone else is.

Same principle here. If you go for where the puck was when you started, you’ll never catch it, and you’ll screw up the whole game as everyone else has to work in concert with you. If you get to the puck on time by anticipating where it is going to go, you keep the opposing team from getting control of it and scoring against you.

This is true in most every multi-player sport, arts group, or game. If you are acting in a play, you have to anticipate their next move or line and be ready to cover if they screw up, so the production stays seamless. Musicians of all types have to do the same when playing together to produce a piece of music. Board games – chess was the first that comes to mind, but even games like Clue or Sorry! require trying to outhink other players and figure things out before they do. Card games – cribbage, bridge, etc. The secret to winning is to anticipate what your opponent is going to do.

This is also true of much of life – anticipate rain, take your umbrella, don’t get wet. Anticipate what your boss is going to ask and already have it ready, score brownie points. Like the scouts say, be prepared.

Anticipation may be the real secret to life.

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halfshellvenus
Jan. 9th, 2017 09:45 pm (UTC)
With group and team activities, especially, you have to anticipate to keep things movie-- or risk making things drag or fall apart (music) or grind to a halt.

I think this must be a challenge for chorus directors more than anyone. Many people cannot sight-sing, and others don't memorize their parts either, so that may be a bigger problem than for instrumentalists!
sinnamongirl
Jan. 10th, 2017 09:08 am (UTC)
I very much like this rewording and explanation of the prompt!
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