Every year I'm witness to the following scenario. Junior is in the last year of high school and the question comes up. "what do you want to do for the rest of your life?" or something similar.
Wow! Anxious parents and terrified teenagers seeking a path that will guide junior through life with the least resistance, pain, or notice. Grand plans are shelved and little plans are hatched.
Life is going to hurt. Tough decisions will have to be made, consequences will be severe. No one is spared. Cowering will not help. Wishful or magical thinking won't help.
My take: demonstrate courage, creativity, resilience, and grace to your children through your actions.
Maybe this is the antidote for aging musicians too.
David Story: Professional pianist, drummer, composer, and educator. Well into his 5th enthusiastic musical decade, David works with adults pursuing musical dreams in the autumn of life, while he maintains an active presence in the Toronto arts scene.