I'm 62 years old. How do I stay in the game?
I found a mentor half my age. He keeps me humble, focused, and challenged. I figure he'll help stave off old fartum by at least a decade. He points out my blind spots and introduces me to new areas to explore, new points of view, and new ways to execute my musical ideas. It is all very exciting.
What about you?
Who can you reach out to?
One way to stay engaged is just to do it. Quick and short. Put it up there, see what sticks.
"Everyone used to learn by trial and error, we all had our own slightly wrong ways of doing things"
This may have cut it in the past. But not today. Engage a teacher, take a course, find some humility. The competition is fiercer that ever. Nothing is worse as an aging musician that not to know you don't know.
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.
Ari Hoenig, jazz drummer
It arrived, I've read it, I've tried it out for 90 days. My first quarter as recommended in his book is up. So... what happened?
Wow is what happened. His ideas allowed me time to go deeper on fewer things.
Above was my 1st quarter plan. Below is my 2nd quarter plan.
We live large in the catastrophic click bait age. It's only going to get worse. Count on it. Louder and shriller.
So, how do we turn off without turning inward?
I haven't the friggin' foggiest idea.
An ever-present danger. Giving up, settling early. This past year has been unprecedented. Most people have been inconvenienced. Some though have been deeply affected by job loss, illness, or death.
Assuming you are in the first group and not the second how do we proceed and stay engaged in a world of imagination and action?
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.