You have been transformed into a mystical being who has the ability to do magic. Describe your new abilities in detail. How will you use your new skills?
Depends on what you mean by magic – is it the power to make things happen by some supernatural means, or to do something wonderful and amazing?
I have in mind the effect an accomplished musician might have on an audience – the apparently magical ability to get an instrument, for example a guitar constructed out of wood and metal, to sing. What does it take for the musician to do this? Skill, memory, belief, love would feature in the list. Don’t forget, the same set of items must be applied by the craftsman who built the instrument, and the composer of the piece, who may not be the musician.
There might be lyrics to go with the piece – maybe the musician sings with the instrument, maybe they are working with a singer – another set of skill, memory, belief and love to go into the mix. And somebody had to compose those lyrics.
In order to get to the moment where a musical piece is delivered each participant has taken a journey through learning, practice and development of the necessary skills to make their contribution. But all the audience sees and hears is a wonderful combination of elements.
So, in order to be transformed into the mystical being that is a musician, I really don’t need some supernatural power, just the will and determination to acquire the skill, (a teacher would help), the memory to retain the skill, belief that it is the right thing for me to do, and love of playing the instrument. And a good instrument… and a great song… and perhaps a great singer to accompany.
In short, learning, practice and collaboration make magic and yes, I believe in that.