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Fortitude/Work Ethic

 

A long, long time ago when I was a young and impressionable musician, I met a man who played some guitar and had a great voice: actually, he had serious talent.

 

As our conversation progressed I went on to learn that he had a band in the 60’s (and this was back in the 70’s…so his band days we’re too far in the past when we met) that had made some headway in L.A. with some regional hits.

 

This was before the birth of national radio programming, and regional hits, while not only being in existence, were considerable.  Plus Los Angeles was red hot with the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield among others.  Basically, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.

 

This guy was now working construction, but we basically met because he was doing music for fun.  At this point, though, I had already determined that I wanted to pursue music as my, well, life.

 

But, here I was talking with this guy that apparently had the brass ring in his hand, or, at least, within his grasp…but now music was merely a pleasurable pastime for him.  So, I asked him why he stopped going for the professional route (but I’m sure I didn’t use those words) and why he wasn’t trying now.

 

His response was, “It just wasn’t that important to me.”

 

There were, obviously, other things going on in his life.  Back then there was a draft, he had a girlfriend that I assume he married…he most likely had some other kind of a job.

 

I’m certain that he said other important things after that, but the words “It just wasn’t that important to me” was the part that stuck.

 

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There will be plenty of obstacles thrown in your way as you try to plow ahead: artistic blocks, criticism, girlfriends that want to get married, financial difficulties…

 

Sadly, as we get older there are more and more responsibilities that get heaped onto our plates…and it’s hard to carry plates and a guitar and amplifier at the same time.  This is only made more difficult by walking along side of someone who apparently doesn’t have these concerns as you perform the precarious balancing act.

 

While some may think you’re a coward or irresponisble for pursuing this path, in truth it takes courage and endurance, and those, too, are two formidable traits.

 

Butm maybe, ultimately, the question should be: How important is this to you?

 

 

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Originally posted 2013-11-28 02:38:01.