Missing A Beat

Sometimes missing a beat can create a nice syncopation in a song. The unexpected gap makes tension and freshness that isn’t found when the rhythm stays the same. Missing a beat and staying on course is a very difficult thing to do.

More often, we miss a beat, and our forward movement is thrown off. If you misstep when you are running, you can fall. If a musician misses a beat when playing with others, the entire group can lose their place.

Unless you are intentional about it, and an expert at what you are doing, find the rhythms at the foundation of your work, and learn these well. Innovation comes from knowing what is already created and making something new. Once you are an expert, your innovation can include missing the beat.