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.
Let’s quit music?
Before we quit, here are the top things that rock about the music world.
1. Music stays with you for a long time.
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?
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