Monday, January 8, 2007

Why Are You A Musician?

You would think that all musicians would answer that question the same way. "Because I love music". Right? Wrong. I know musicians who claim they play music because they want to make money (Oh, yeah, and they're serious). Whenever I hear that statement I just shake my head. As far as I am concerned, there is only one answer. You are a musician because it makes you happy.

There is always a point on stage when you hit that sweet spot, whether it's you or somebody else in the band. And you smile to yourself or just laugh out loud. Because you know it's right. All the reasons that made you pick up your instrument in the first place (looking cool, getting out of the house, sex, drugs) don't make sense any more. Practicing, doing gigs all over town, all over the world, getting to the point where you know when, or if, it sounds good. You feel it in your soul. We are musicians because it makes us happy.

And if you really are playing music just to make money, please let the rest of us know so that we may avoid your presence. You might think you're a revolutionary, but it's only in your mind (insert your favorite sociopath here). Until the next time.

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