"Musicians" by David Ackert, L.A. Times - Interplay Jazz & Arts

Posted by | April 05, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

At one of our Interplay Jazz & Arts morning meetings last week Sheila Jordan, one of our amazing vocal instructors and an NEA Jazz Master, read this article to all of us. It was especially poignant coming from her, hearing it in her voice. I’d like to share it with you.

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 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 judgement. 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 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. 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.”

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