Should You Quit Music Now? Or Never?

Should You Quit Music Right Now?

We all jump around.

Few people can do one thing for their entire lives.

I don’t know anyone like that.

We grow, we learn, then we move on.

It turns out, the world’s top performers, of every industry, have a music background.

They’re some of the best at what they do. They got the benefits of music and moved onto other things.

Does that mean you should quit music now? To move onto the bigger and better?

Wait, I’ll rephrase that.

Is it time to move on?

This is a question for all of us. Including myself.

Artiden was founded almost 4 years ago. Today, there are readers, a solid community, and blog posts. Some of my earlier posts are painful to behold, but to be fair, I wrote a different type of blog back then.

I keep those posts up because everyone tells me to (including Google).

Music used to take a lot of my time and energy; it inspired Artiden.

Since then, I’ve given away my piano students to the other good teachers in town. (I started teaching when I was 14, with 6 beginner students.)

I kept teaching… and started doing my own branding and business. People came to me for design.

I now specialize in functional design that helps people reach their goals. This also means that I help people build strong brands– and increase income. No one gets paid to do pure art, like make little clay statues or do digital drawings, by themselves all day. I’d get lonely if I tried.

Like most people, I’ve moved on from doing music everyday. I still play a decent Un Sospiro, but should my blog should move on, too?

Let’s quit music?

Before we quit, here are the top things that rock about the music world.

Should We Quit Music Right Now?

1. Music stays with you for a long time.

It makes you happy. It makes you smarter. It changes your brain, and the way you think.

And it brings you success. My former piano teacher, Carrie, sent me that link. I was delighted.

Doing music also makes me a better dancer.

I can’t forget that I am not good at rhythm. When I was trying to learn Rach’s Prelude #5 this summer, I had to count out loud, to make sure the beat was exactly right. If only I were purely jazzy inside and I didn’t care about the beat.

I’m not the best dancer, but I would’ve been dangerous if I didn’t play piano. When en pointe, if I fling out my leg at the wrong time, I could knock someone over and everyone would break their ankles like dominoes.

Those are some of my ballet buddies in the photo above; we had lots of laughs together.

One of the most practical things I’d gotten from doing ballet with those girls is Merde. That’s what it says on the other side of the card in the photo.

It’s a bad word to french speakers, but it means good luck to dancers. So I can always laugh if someone is angry at me in french.

2. Side stints are not useless. 

Sometimes, we think it’s all or nothing. Unless you’ll bleed music, there’s no use doing it. That’s why people think the 4-year-old musicians will be crazy good when they grow up. That’s not true.

Even if you start later, music never leaves. Or, rather, you never really let go of music. So you don’t have to practice everyday, forever.

Just do it on the side. If you’re learning, then set a time when you can do it everyday, or every other day.

Paul Allen, the billionaire (co-founder of Microsoft), still plays guitar for fun.

I write about music, not because I think everyone should be performance musicians. No.

Few people will make a career that way, unless they are born with a trust-fund. Or unless they can compete with trust-funds.

Lady Gaga was born in a wealthy family. She is a good performer who didn’t make money for years, until she learned self-branding (be outrageous and wear colourful wigs). No one would’ve have lasted that long, the way she did (lavishly), without the money.

The goal isn’t to create performers; the goal is to understand music, learn the language, and apply it elsewhere.

3. You do things that non-musicians don’t do.

You think differently. You manage your own progress in a new area. Your brain makes connections that weren’t there before. You critique yourself before anyone else does it– then you learn to do it properly.

We also connect through music; we share one more common language.

I can write about anything in the world and come back to music and we’ll still have a common understanding. Remember when I was in the forest?

It’s a journey, and we’re all in for the ride.

I was ready to add a new section about design and business to Artiden. I did a reader survey. A new blog design with cotton candy colours. But Penelope talked me out of it. As a matter of fact, Penelope has background in music.

There’s an amazing community here rooted in music.

That’s why I will keep writing about music. It gives us meaning in a world that’s always changing.

Are you going to quit music?

Join the conversation by leaving a comment below.

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  • Christine Bookman October 17, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I did quit music. For quite a while. I taught preschool, worked in Human Services, and got a degree in Human Development. Then I opened a piano studio. It’s funny – for some people music is a hobby and for some music actually becomes a part of them they can’t live without. I used to love my Human Services job but I can live without it. Can I live without playing the piano? No way. As far as your question about giving up the blog? I hope you keep writing and asking the important questions. :) Christine

    • Grace Miles October 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      I love this, thanks so much. I blog for the conversation. That makes it meaningful.

      Grace

  • Lisa Ann October 27, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Music is part of me and my life so I guess I’ll never give up on music.

  • Philip Hammer January 8, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    My parents always kind of discouraged me from music, always telling me that my band wont be successful. I am contemplating quitting being that, its just too hard trying to do something you once found to be a fun hobby, now a dying business.

    • Grace Miles January 8, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Phillip! I’m so glad we found each other.

      I want to ask you a question:
      Where do envision yourself in 5 years? 3 years? 6 months? Are you doing something meaningful, whether it’s performing or engineering calculations?

      This is the time to pursue your passion by making smart choices and stepping it up. You are human, you have the power to make things work.

      I just filmed my first interview– I don’t know what I’m doing because I’m usually behind the camera, not in front– but I’m featuring a successful performer who used to be an engineer. She performs and teaches all over the world because she is passionate about being onstage, not doing engineering calculations. The video isn’t out yet, but I have a feeling that you’ll like it. She shares how she pursued this path.

      Even if you put the band aside, you don’t have to quit music.

  • Jason June 22, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I failed music many times. I am passionate about music and have a lot of favorite composers, artists, and bands. The problem is that I am not fast enough and I struggle with complex chords. I want to compose and improvise but, my melodies are very cheesy. I want to play by ear and sight – read but I am not good at both and I struggle a lot. I do practice and I am taking lessons, but it seems that there is no hope for me. I was accepted at a University that teaches music and if there is still no change in my playing and artistic interpretation, then I am thinking of quitting.

    • Grace Miles June 22, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Hey Jason, it sounds like you might not fit into the little box called Classical music. Have you tried other genres of music, like Jazz?

      Also, don’t forget to think in baby steps. You don’t need to master all the complex chords in one day– you will learn a bit every time you work at it, and if you set the bar too high, you’ll find yourself going under instead of jumping over.

  • Jason June 23, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I listen to every genre of music, except hip – hop and rap. I am into Classical Music because I want to compose classical and do film scoring at Hollywood. I plan to be a music artist and release multiple albums in different genres (rock – death metal, jazz, pop, Japanese Pop Music, Eurobeats, etc.) I understand the idea of practicing slowly, repetition, and taking the metronome in small increments, but when it’s time for me to play fast, I can’t keep up.

    I understand that all the greatest people in this world, failed many times; but if music is not meant for me – then I will be just single, not married and just flippin’ burgers at burger king. My parents don’t mind if I still live with them.

    • Grace Miles June 23, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Maybe you’re cut out for a different type of music than what you’re doing right now, or even a different role in music. (Who says we all have to play? We can teach, arrange, compose, etc.– you’ll find different experts in every area.)

      I find it more challenging to keep up a steady beat (Mozart) than something flowing (Liszt). With that being said, I can play almost all other genres of music because of the classical training. Perhaps you can use your own training as a springboard for your other genres, too.

      Don’t forget to make a Plan B that you’re happy with. Else, you risk losing yourself when you get stuck.

      It doesn’t mean you have to follow it, but you can rest easy knowing you’re never “stuck”. Like, companies spend millions of dollars making Plan Bs each year– what happens if the price of wheat rises, if new tech is imported to the country, etc. So why don’t we spend a few hours/days/weeks making just one Plan B if our first doesn’t work out?

  • Cameron July 15, 2014 at 2:32 am

    I play finger style guitar and busk regularly, I’m at the moment doing a bachelor of music. I just found out that I’m going to be performing solo at our next performance. I’m realizing that I am not cut out to do it. Maybe I should quit.

    • Grace Miles July 15, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      Cameron, yours is the first comment that made me tilt my head– I don’t see why you’re not cut out but maybe you can find a way to fit in as a performer while staying loyal to who you are. Quitting sounds so final.

  • Ladina July 28, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I’ve recently reconnected to music. I’ve not played an instrument since childhood but I’ve rediscovered the joy that can come from listening to music. And the fun that can be had going to events that involve music.

  • Betty July 29, 2014 at 6:39 am

    I studied piano from age 4 through college. I quit when my back & shoulders started going numb when I played. Nobody around me was concerned or offered any solution, and the only times since anybody has been sad I don’t play has been when they needed something and I had to say no. I still have a piano and keep it tuned, but don’t do any music at all. I focused on visual art. My sister was a better artist than me, but she plays/teaches for a living. Funny how those things work out.

  • Nikki @ Wonderfully Women July 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I simply never started! As I was growing up, my father was in hotel management which meant quite a few moves. It took me 13 schools to finish year 12 and at every single one of them I somehow missed doing music. Fortunately both of my girls did learn. Miss WW 18 was a very good violin player but gave it up when she got accepted into the Queensland Academy for Maths, Science and Technology where she did year 10, 11 and 12. Now she is at uni on her way to becoming a neurosurgeon. Unfortunately that type of study does not leave free time for music practice. Thankfully she still dances. xx N

  • Brooklyn July 30, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Your post is very relevant to my music life. I played saxophone from 5th grade through College and was a music performance major. I practiced 5 hours a day most summers growing up and became VERY good. Of course I got burned out and after college I got a normal job. BUT I can’t help but LOVE music. It really is ME. The great thing is I will ALWAYS have a certain skill set because of the music I studied. I will always have an eternal knowledge about how things fit together because of this. Music is always calling me, and I have just started learning to DJ at Scratch DJ Academy in Chicago. It is totally different then how I was originally trained, but it is creating music, and I feel that my background is actually helping me learn faster then some of the others in my class.

    I am once again finding joy and freedom in creating, without the pressure of expectation. This is pure joy to me and I will keep exploring it for ever!

    • Grace Miles July 31, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Hi Brooklyn! This is fantastic. I love that you haven’t let go of the music in your life; just because you don’t do it full-time doesn’t mean you have to cut it out. And you’re probably right that you’re learning faster– many studies are showing that musicians learn faster than non-musicians, under most circumstances.

      I’ve never DJ’d but I’d love to try one day. Thanks for sharing!

  • Terry Gotham August 1, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Thank you for reminding me of this. So many times I think I should just keep listening, but then people pull me back to play. It’s so important to be an actor and not just a spectator. Keep playing on!

  • Discoking November 11, 2014 at 10:07 am

    In my early 30s, I completed a master’s in Fiction and now teach English at the college level. After doing that for a year, I started writing songs again (after years of playing guitar and singing purely as a pastime) and began recording in the studio and putting songs on iTunes. Now I have a full album of material, though no steady band, and I am capable just on guitars and vocals. Ever since my teenage years, I was discouraged from make a career out of music. Particularly, I was told I didn’t have a good voice even after taking lessons and college-level classes. That did hurt but somehow I persevered. Now I’m 36 and still have “the spark,” but the money involved in making music at a pro-level is daunting. All I’ve ever wanted to do is strum a guitar, perhaps that’s all I’ll ever want to do. Teaching English is not the most satisfying thing I could be doing – particularly financially. My girlfriend says she is growing tired of my complaining. Music used to be an escape; due to a very challenging childhood I craved fame and fortune until about the age of 23, then I moved to East Asia to teach English for 5 years (performing music on and off). Now I just want to make some records before I grow old and die. I’ve been perfecting my current “batch” of songs for over 2 years now, and feel it is the very best I have ever had to offer.

    • Grace Miles November 17, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      We live in an interesting time– industries are transitioning to the digital medium and rules are being rewritten.

      In the digital world, you can create your own success. For example, I just downloaded a podcast from Alex Day where he talks about how he built a Youtube channel and skipped the record label.

      I think you can pursue music in out-of-the-box ways, that didn’t traditionally exist.

      You have your music. Why don’t you put it online? Share it with a few people, get a strategy to build an audience. That’s all there is, building your system.

      Send your music to people you like, who have influence.

      Like, people even send me their music, which, some of them I feature, and then they sell a bunch of stuff when people go to their site from mine.

      You don’t really have anything to lose, do you?

  • discoking November 18, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Thanks so much, Grace. Great advice. At the moment I have four songs on iTunes, and of those, one is on YouTube. Could I send you the tracks?

    • Grace Miles November 18, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Yes, go ahead. :)

  • Terri June 8, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I am in my late 50’s and just finished my first year of piano lessons. I’ve wanted to learn how to play since I was in elementary school and decided last year that it’s never to late to learn! I am having so much fun and get the biggest thrill when a “song” comes out of my fingers through the keyboard. :)

    I love being a new member of the music family.

    • Shashi April 16, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      Hi Terri,

      I am also in my late 50’s and started piano lessons 2 years ago. I do love it but sometimes I get
      Frustrated because I can’t play a piece as fast as I would like to. It takes a long time
      To learn a song. I am trying to practice very slow measure by measure now. That is a little better. I would be interested to hear about your practice and how long you practice and your strategy for getting through a piece. Please reply.

  • Maja August 17, 2015 at 1:43 am

    I’ve been playing violin in music school for 7 years now. I started playing before going there though, so I started my experience with music 9 years ago.
    I truly love music. Especially playing the violin, but as you become more advanced in playing your instrument, teachers expect you to do more and more performances. I’ve always been stressed before and when performing, and everyone says it will go away one day – but it seems to me that it only gets worse with each single time I go on stage.
    I have grown tired of practicing for so many hours, everyday, just to be anxious and unhappy because I can’t show others how I really play.
    And while this makes the main problem, music school is the other. High school is getting more difficult every year if you want to have the best results you can get. Going to both schools everyday is becoming to tiring for me, it’s too much work and it constantly leaves me no free time at all.
    Music is a big part of my life too. When I think about quitting music school, it only reminds me of all the great time I had had there. So this makes me wonder “will I regret if I give it up, or will I be more happy that way?” :(
    Thanks for taking your time to read this. If you happen to have a piece of advice for me – I would be more than glad to hear it :)

    • Grace Lam August 17, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      It sounds like there’s a lot of pressure to excel, which is normal. Is music something you want to pursue as a career? If not, consider taking private music lessons from an independent teacher – you’ll get the music but less stress, and you’ll likely still be able to take music exams and sign up for performances or recitals.

      Also, discuss this with your parents; high school is a great time to discover passions and music could (and should) be one of these, but if you’re not thinking about this as a career, I’d explore other options. Like, I made my first website when I was 8, for my pet in an online game, and I’m still working with the internet years later. What are your passions?

  • Liv August 22, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    5 years ago I had finished my music degree and was nearing the top of the field. I came second for a job with a state symphony orchestra and was playing as a casual musician with many state and opera orchestras in the country. But I hated being treated as disposable as a casual, and there were no auditions coming up for some years.

    So I left and retrained. I’ve been working in my new field now for 4 years and am happy and reasonably remunerated.
    However, my dream job just came up and there will be auditions held for it in a year. I’m torn. Do I start practising again and having lessons, committing hours a day for a (small) chance at winning the job? Or do I just accept that my new career is my final choice and that I won’t be going back to music?

    • Grace Lam August 22, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      Liv, how much is that one shot worth to you? Is it worth the time and effort? If you didn’t take that shot, how would that impact you? Because if you did, you’d have to put in 110% of what you have. That’s the only way it could work in your favour; it sounds like a job where people will be freshly trained out of school and you’d play catch up in addition to standing out.

      Also, are you sure that this is a job you want to have? I would look into job shadowing someone who is currently in this position.

      There are other ways to keep music in your life– taking casual music lessons, or jamming, for example.

      I like how you’ve framed the situation – it’s not all or nothing (“should I do this or not”). I’d love to hear what you’ve decided.

  • Colin October 28, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    I am in my late fifties, and have been playing live music for over 40 years. I love performing on stage – it’s where it all comes together. My wife and I play together, usually in a small band, she’s a drummer, I sing & play guitar.
    The sad truth is that live music is dying, being replaced with moronic 20-something DJ’s with technical know-how and no musical soul. Venues that used to support live music now either pay so little that it’s an insult to take a gig, insist that the band bring its own followers, or hire DJ’s and the patrons either don’t know the difference, or don’t care. We are reduced to playing at “jams”, where you sit around for a few hours, buying over-priced drinks and listening to terrible musicians in most cases, just to be able to get up and play your 3 songs.
    I sit in my office/music room surrounded by amplifiers and guitars that haunt me. My wife tries to be encouraging, and has suggested that we learn new material, morph into a different musical genre. I am a blues guy, it’s the only live music form that is both loud, fun, and allows some improvisation, unlike rock. She plays steel drums and has suggested we form a duet. I cannot see myself singing “Yellow Bird” or some other Caribbean nonsense. I suggested she sing instead, and that won’t be happening.
    I just wish I could rid myself of the desire to play. It would allow me to move on, find something new to be passionate about. I am thinking of selling my gear, but my wife would be upset if I even attempted to do so. It’s all really depressing, and this is a cycle that is happening with increasing regularity.

    • Jan September 19, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Wonder if you need a fresh location to live in? I think any art form requires a stretching, mix it up maybe? I’m not qualified of course to say anything so please be patient with my message, it just sounds like there’s a passion there that you both share, and it needs some fresh air.
      Wishing you the best! Never forget to be completely creative… Ever.

  • Derrick C October 31, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    It’s always saddening when I hear of other musicians who go through this sort of cycle. Music is the kind of thing that can be frustrating because instead of things getting better for live music, things have gotten much, much worse. Gone are the days when a guitarist only needed to play guitar, or a singer only needed to sing. These days, working musicians are expected to be superhumans who can play every instrument, work the soundboard, etc… Generally, venues such as bars and restaurants would rather not have live music unless there is any money in it for them. Clubs and larger venues function under the same mentality. As far as giving up music entirely, I will say that in my mid-20s, I had sold all my equipment and went to live in Asia for 5 years, where I taught English. While I have no regrets about that experience, I will admit that it was dumb of me to give up music at a time in my life when I should have been creating the very best of what I had to offer. These days, I’m my upper 30s and still not giving up. I am applying for artistic grants so that I may eventually record a full rock album with a band, and for now I sell my four song EP at bars and cafes where I play acoustically. It’s an unforgiving, sometimes hostile world out there for musical people. I have found that it’s okay to play when then inspiration/motivation strikes while putting it down when it’s not there. These are challenging times for recording and performing artists, but you can and should prevail. My prediction is that while things are bound to get worse, in terms of music and economics, that there will still be a place for real people who play real music. While clubs and bars continue to fill their rooms with soulless DJ-type music, there will certainly continue to be a place for real people who play real music. In fact, the real musicians of the world will possibly be even more appreciated by audiences who will crave realness in a world that’s gone largely artificial. Never surrender the things that mean the most to you!

  • Sean April 18, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    The music business is tough. We’ve all heard that before. First and foremost it is difficult to support yourself as a musician. You might be super talented, but are you making enough to survive? I mooched off of people for years before realizing how messed up that is. I play little gigs in Austin for $50-$100 at bars. If I do that every day then I can survive, but it is a grind and soul-sucking. If you have a band you need money for rehearsal space. It also takes a lot of time off the stage for practicing. I used to hit blues jams alot but to me it seems like a big competition. I’d rather just play what I feel but you have other guitarists that are showing off their licks and the bass/drums are hardly ever in sync with you. Its just annoying. Its not about the music, but about who is in the click.

    And music is a click. You have to network with people and it takes time. I hate kissing up to people and well its no surprise why I’m a nobody.

    I think the hardest thing for me is being persistent despite all the frustrations. As soon as you drop out if the scene you start losing momentum and then you have to start building that up again.

    Personally I think most people who pursue mudic for a living are looking to leave their mark and get an identity from being a musician. Yeah, you get some props from people and that can stroke your ego and give you a sense if purpose, but none of that lasts. And I am not willing to put up with all the bs required just so I can be something to others.

    Can we be real? If you love music so much then why can’t you be content playing in your bedroom? Its a performance art and people do it for social reasons and ego gratification. Maybe they want a hot gf. Its a lot of time, money and bs for those perceived benefits.

    Is there a purley selfless musician iut there doing it for the benefit of others? Really? Liars.

    I love to read about sucessful musicians pontificating on their records and music. What a bunch of horseshit. Its all ego inflation and slight of hand. The industry is an illusion and only the other musicians see the trick. Get over yourselves.

    Music is great without the egos, but I can’t see how we can ever truly separate it from the field. Its an ego driven field.

    Once you have been on stage and had your ego stroked a gazillion times you want more. The next step is ego stroking from your peers and media, which is to say you have made it. Most of the people on top are full of crap and have had a lot of help along the way.

    Its not art for art sake like the famous musicians in the music interviews would have you believe.

    Not to take away too much from musicians. They work hard, but its not the world you think it is.

  • Lily June 16, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I am 20 now, and have played the cello since i was 5. I quit after high-school because i was fed up of the competitiveness and the intense practicing in the feild. I always knew i wasnt the best at playing by ear or playing fast, and that was very discouraging. I also felt that as a teenager practicing 3 hours a day, i missed out socially. I am signed up for graphic arts studies, which is an area i love. Recently though i started having a deep yearning for going back to playing music, and also for excelling at something. Thank you so much for this post, it makes me feel that i am not alone.

    • Grace Lam June 16, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Lily, you are welcome! I wish you the best of luck!

  • Mark June 20, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I am a fulltime musician up to now. I perform and teach drums and piano, i really enjoy this job but there are times that i have a few jobs, sometimes none. And now that I’ll be having my first child, I’m thinking of quitting music and find a stable job.

  • tony July 14, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I have been playing the bass guitar for 30 years. I toured the U.S. in an unknown band in my twenties. I took a detour in my thirties and went to Cooking School, got into Real Estate investing. Made a lot of money. Lost a lot of money. A few years ago, I started taking singing lessons and well, people seem to respond to my music. I went to a couple of music camps with a famous bassist and really re-committed to practicing hours (and hours and hours) a day.

    Problem is, I feel like I can truly just walk away from it at any time and I’d be completely relieved to be relieved of the burden of having to develop myself to my “full potential,” or whatever I have been going after all these years.

    In my twenties I smashed bass guitars on my concrete porch, I threw them off bridges. I always wound up getting another one.

    It seems desirable in one sense to be a “Man in the grip of the daimon,” but in another sense, I don’t feel like abasing myself to this pursuit that for some reason drives my life. There is less love and pleasure involved with practicing and more drive and relief when I reach break-through moments.

    With no ego or arrogance, I am an accomplished instrumentalist. People say: “that kid is a virtuoso.” That said: big deal. Virtuosos are as common as graduates from two-year cooking programs. Musicians act like they are important as heart-surgeons sometimes. And why are they still calling me kid? I’m 40.

  • Dave craycraft July 30, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Next year I’ll be 70. I have played in dumpy bar dives to full stadium concerts over the past 50 years. I have retired when I turned 60 due to cancer. I still play once or twice a year for my retirement community. I had doctors, surgeons , high power people tell me that “they would give anything to do what I do”. I tell them they can, just give up your wife or wives cause they will not stick around due to your not being there for her and the kids cause of your music. Be ready to tell her that we have to move cause we can’t pay rent, the bar owner said we didn’t bring in enough people . He didn’t make any money ,therefore you don’t. Plan on missing birth of your kids, their birthday, your anniversary , all family holidays. Just ask my 3 wives, 3 kids that I have no history with due to my career choice. As I sit in my 2 room apt with my girlfriend and my 4 keyboards that are probably worth less than 500 dollars, I often wonder what if I chose to be a doctor instead a musician. Then I look back and think ……….I have no regrets. I did the best I could with what I had. Would I do it again…………………….yes! Now I’m the 70 year old keyboard player that still thinks he can play the tours,bars and still looking for that next gig. You have to remember ……music is a drug. Those that played ,then went on to be doctors etc, were kinda lucky. It’s the musician that doesn’t give up his drug of choice……….music.

  • Jan September 19, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Hi there,
    Interesting topic, thanks..
    So many unique personal takes on the comments.
    Encouragement is KEY.. Even a clap.. My momentum stalls when I don’t practice or play or strive.. But I’m hard on myself.. It seems if I’m not practicing guitar, I’m thinking music, then singing wacky tunes about my dogs or dinner and music is creeping out that way.. It doesn’t stop even if it holds me back.. ( me holding it back) I sure don’t need to be queen of the business, or have an ego trip or a person a to hide behind, maybe that’s the turn off, the competition thing irks me….but pure music without ego and flash… It’s essential. Like air and body and food and soul.