Thursday, August 14, 2008

Flakes and The Life of a Musician

I've decided after being a musician most of my life that musicians must be by far the most flaky people. It's true. Musicians often receive that stigma, and many of them earn it. What a complete pain in the butt. I try very hard to a person that communicates well, shows up for practices on time, nails every performance, and does my homework. Unfortunately many of my brother and sister musicians are not compelled to follow such a pattern.

Perhaps I made a mistake in becoming a musician. I mean, I have had a lot of good times playing music over the years. I've made a bit of money too. It has also been a good ministry outlet for me since it has allowed me to share the love of God with many people. Beyond these things though, I start thinking of the countless hours I've spent practicing, trying out equipment, tweaking setups, learning songs, setting up and tearing down for shows, etc. What else could I have been doing? Would my marriage be better? Would I be earning more money?

Don't get me wrong. I have a generally happy marriage. I'm not poor. I'm very thankful for what I have. Some people respect the work I've put into being a musician. But why do I do it in the first place? Is it really to impress other people? I don't think so. At least I hope not! Hm. There really is a lot that revolves around music in my life. It is clear to me that this topic is going to take some more thought. In the meantime though I have to wonder, why are musicians such flakes!?

James
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