Transforming oneself from "Professional musician" to "Musical artist" in one's fifties is an interesting proposition. The cynic in me interprets that as playing for free music that nobody likes. The romantic in me says, "go for it". The realist in me just wants to have some fun and make beautiful music with skilled musicians and visionaries. Music we create ourselves.
Artist: Someone who makes stuff, creative stuff like musical compositions, poems, paintings, installations, movies etc. that help people make sense of their world.
Entertainer: Someone who makes life easier for others to bear through performing on stage, internet, T.V, movies, apps, blogs etc.
Professional musician: Someone who interprets the work an entertainer or artist. Artists and Entertainers put the "stuff" in front of the musician. The vision belongs to them. We are paid to play it.
Skill, experience, training, ambition, and hustle is required for all the above. But both artists and entertainers need vision. Musician not so much.
A Plan for Transformation
"‘Beauty is our weapon against nature; by it we make objects, giving them limit, symmetry, proportion. Beauty halts and freezes the melting flux of nature." Camille Paglia
Here is a heroic vision, a romantic vision, and really outdated vision in the age of identity politics, polarized populations, war and terrorism. My two cents.
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.