originally published in Sound Waves Magazine December 2019
As year-end approaches, we humans tend to ponder things, as we are slaves to our calendars, apple watches, and cell phone alarms. Tis the season to wonder why everything went so wrong the past 365 days, or why everything went so right. Today I’m mulling over, over my mulled cider: What is a GOOD Musician? Is a good musician someone who is highly trained who attended the very best performing arts collegiate programs? Is a good musician someone who can throw down Hark! The Herald Angels Sing on a dusty old piano at a holiday gathering with precision and grace? Is a good musician someone who can solo over just about anything? Is a good musician someone who can harmonize? Sing on key? Memorize 40 songs? Write lyrics that rhyme? Wow the crowd with rock faces and acrobatic stunts?
I offer, because I’ve already consumed all my green icing sugared reindeer cookies because I friggin’ love those things, the following examples of good little musician girls and boys:
– People who perform at gala benefit shows not for the exposure and to get their name in the paper, but because they actually care about the cause
– People who use their break time at a show to teach a kid a few tricks on guitar
– People who share ALL their tricks with other musicians
– People who lend all their gear to a band because all their stuff was stolen while loading out on a freezing cold December night
– People who give their extra instruments to someone who’s house burned down
– People who fill in for other musicians when somebody unexpectedly contracts the flu or feels just plain yucky
– People who play songs the crowd actually came to hear (besides Mustang Sally of course!)
– People who show up to band practice on time and prepared
– People who understand that it’s not about you, it’s about the listeners
– People who are humble and grateful
This is simple stuff here people. I want to wish you all the hap-hap-happiest of holidays – and see ya at the shows!