I found this amazing quote that has been floating around the musician community for the last week or so on Facebook, and it struck a chord with me. I also played a gig last weekend and I am in a nice buzz so this is perfect time to write about this.
Singers and Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every note, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life – the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because musicians and singers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment – to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Singers and Musicians are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.
– David Ackert, LA Times
Although not all musicians are motivated by these things, and believe me I have met a lot of musicians and each has their own reason for being a musician, ranging from “I got a guitar once” hobby to others who’ve left their jobs and tour round the world in run down vans with barely any petrol and food money.
As a singer a lot of these things in that quote really struck out to me, perhaps most so was the fact that you put your most vulnerable self out there. There is a lot of rejection as well during the process and so much uncertainty and a sense of being in an unreal world.
However, what makes it truly worth it is self expression and giving a glimpse of that magic moment to others, I believe it is this magic moment of pure emotion that connects people to songs, and I for one am really glad I found singing and expressing myself via music.