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Bedubya Reflections Beyond a Neophyte Musician (11) RE: Reflections Beyond a Neophyte Musician 19 Apr 01

Okay, Bonnie. You posted to my thread, so I'm gonna post to yours.

Playing music is the most joy-filled thing that I do. Yet, after thirty years, it still brings me pain. A couple of years ago, I quit the band that I had been a part of, through various incarnations, for fifteen years. Gigging, hauling equipment, rehearsing and putting up with other people's BS had taken all the fun out of the experience. It had really gotten to be more of a job than fun. Yet, I'm still friends with the former bandmates. We've been getting together and jamming quite a bit lately, and that is still fun. Problem is we've had so much fun recently that they're begging me to rejoin the group and holding out this big carrot of upcoming performances at a major folk festival as enticement. But I'm not gonna do it! Since quitting that band I have learned to play two new instruments and expanded my stylistic range on guitar tremendously. If I rejoin the band, I'll be back to playing guitar behind a show-off fiddler again. Sometimes a person can be a pleasure to play with if nobody's making any rules. But put them in a "bandleader" role and they instantly become Music Nazi. I'm having too much fun just playing what I want to play, even if it is just for the cats.

Well, now that that rant is over, what's the point? I guess it's just that music will always be a mixture of pleasure and pain. That you will always have to make painful decisions regarding the direction in which you want your music to go. Sometimes the old way of doing things will cease to be fun, and you have to go through the pain of letting them go before the fun can return.

I don't think music will ever stop being fun for me. A particular situation may become painful. A particular style or instrument may cease to please. But music will always have enough unexplored territory to always provide new adventures for those with a true desire to eplore.

Keep the Faith


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