Many of this blog's readers have been playing more than 50 years. I'm in 48 years since I first learned the riff on "Smoke on the water" on an open E string.
Why do we still keep at it? What do we still love about the "game"?
1. The endorphin rush of creating something of beauty alone or with others has been well documented.
Music 'releases mood-enhancing chemical in the brain'By Sonya McGilchrist Health reporter, BBC News
2. Community. At this age jamming with my contemporaries is a warm friendly event of music, story telling, and camaraderie.
3. Identity: we are musicians, we've the scars and stories to prove it. We had careers, we made it, we celebrate it. In the modern world it is a small club.
4. Money: Music still feeds me. So off to work I go. Today I start with a drum coaching session with Terry Clarke, then teaching in the afternoon.
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.