What makes a musician who they are?
We all start our musical journey differently.
Well many of us may start it kind of the same with music school and such, but again there are many others who never went to music school.
Either way, becoming a musician is a path of life that we tend to start walking down at a very young age.
Most of the people reading this probably started on the guitar but I bet of few of you started on piano or some other instrument.
The point is that as musicians we are different from everyone else. Regardless of the differences we have among ourselves we are all the same in this way. We all make music and that is something special.
We tend to forget this sometimes. Most musicians live in a world surrounded by musicians. They forget to consider that most people go through their lives not creating music at all and only listening to it.
This is a totally different life and we as musicians should remember it more often. It will inspire us to collaborate more and become better at our art together.
The thing is, I feel like too many musicians just stick to their one instrument and only do one thing musically.
In the worst cases they play only one instrument or sing one vocal style, hardly practice it and don’t even write songs.
I don’t know about you but to me this sounds akin to the mundane life of a 9 to 5 job where you are just doing it but not really getting anything meaningful done. (my apologies if you have one of those)
No, I think that to call yourself a true musician you should make all things musical your life.
Any opportunity to expose yourself to and learn about new musical things should be taken. Whether that be a new musical instrument, new music software or experimenting with a new genre while collaborating with another musician.
All of it helps us grow as musicians and make music a bigger part of our lives.
I know not all musicians are like this. Many of us are just naturally curious about music and by now can play guitar, sing, play bass, keyboard, drums and perhaps even the trumpet or violin.
We can also record all of it onto our computers and know the basics about microphones, room acoustics, micing a guitar amp and working with DAW software and plugins to mix and master a track.
Either that or we are hard at work getting to that point. This is not rocket science people, all the information is freely available on the internet.
So, in light of this I would like to say on behalf of all musicians and aspiring musicians that we are ashamed to share the same social categorization as you lazy musicians.
You know who you are. Weekend guitarist, shower singer, bassist because it’s easy. You are not fooling anyone, music is not your life and we simply can not work with you.
Sorry about that. Little rant out of the way, but you get my point.
When your heart is in this and you are doing it for you, because it is what you want to do. When you are doing it because you have no other hope for happiness.
Then and only then are you a musician.
Realizing this makes it so much easier to just do music and not let all the other BS get in the way.
All that being said I’m off to write a song.