Why Did You Start Playing Music in the First Place?

I am fortunate to be able to spend a lot of my day creating music, new business ideas and ways to help others. I also belong to a number of professional music groups which I thoroughly enjoy participating in.

One thing I have noticed which permeates the groups is this frantic energy that revolves around social media and business strategy. Everyone is so preoccupied with Twitter followers, YouTube videos and a seemingly endless list of others. It feels many individuals may have forgotten, or maybe it just doesn’t come up in those online groups often enough, the primary drive for participating in the business part of the music industry. Why are we doing this to begin with? What is the driving force? Is it to gain more followers? Is it to have more likes? Gain just the right connections? There seems to be a lot of frustration and anxiety mixed in with some deep disappointment.

I would love to create an opening and a conversation that is all about the reason we got into music in the first place. That “little kid”. The one that first sang in the choir, picked up a guitar or banged the drums. You know that little version of you that got lost for hours in playing your instrument and singing along with the radio.

I believe that if we go to that place every day we will rediscover our true heart and soul. We will come to realize that chasing an end goal isn’t what is most important. The process is what really keeps us truly engaged. It is the daily challenge of getting up and practicing, improving and moving forward with our music. It’s the sitting and staring at a blank sheet of paper before we commit to writing down the first word of a new song that motivates us. This is at the heart of who we are as artists.

I encourage all of us to take a moment every day just to remind ourselves of this incredible musical journey we are living. For that is the fuel necessary to keep the plan moving forward.

What are your thoughts? I would love to hear from you!

-Lisa Leitl - MU Columnist
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