Musicians

Musicians – by David Ackert, L.A. Times

“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 disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs. With every note, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgement. With every passing year, many may 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 are willing to give their entire lives to a moment – to that melody, that phrase, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. 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, to God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.”