Master musicians serve the music, amateurs insist the music serves them. There is honour in both, but amateurs must guard against mistaking which group they are in.
Last night I experienced both. Jazz Bistro with Mark Esinman? Served the music and audience. Professional display of skill and experience. Wonderful!
Jazz session with college students later in the evening? Grandstanding and showboating. A different experience. How does one make the transition from this to the later? They were fun to play with none the less.
I suggest they start with not smoking so much dope. Yikes!
Go younger, much younger. A thirty year old just sees and experiences the world differently. What ever you think you know about life, reconsider. You are likely incorrect.
I'm confident in only a few areas. And, that's mostly in my narrow business silo.
After that I'm ready for some new input.
Some examples that motivate me to seek out new perspectives.
So, how to find your own mentors and teachers? Look around your community and discover some skilled younger musicians, buy them coffee, and hire them to teach you if their ideas challenge you. At this age looking for someone to confirm our prejudices is not the way to go.
If you are blessed to have the privilege of going all in, life has the potential of being quite an adventure in the here and now. Some thought on going all in without ruining your life.
Cheers from grumpy,
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.