· A cheerful peer group to play with is a powerful motivator to playing music in our maturity. The power of association is a well documented phenomenon. Successful people hang with successes, juvenile delinquents hang with other delinquents. The mediocre flock together like lemmings.
· We need a serious peer group to maintain our focus, a difficult thing to do if our peer group(s) are a bunch of grumpy old farts. Or worse, grumpy old farts playing the same old same old.
· I remember in the mid 90’s playing with some old timers. I noticed a set list in the sax case of the band leader dated 1956! We were playing the list. Wow.
· Musicians need to play with other musicians. Good musicians need to hang with good musicians. Aspiring musicians need to hang with great musicians.
My cure for grumpiness: Get fit, change your terrible diet, take music lessons again, stop drinking so much, get some sleep, join a new band, take your spouse on a date, and update your wardrobe.
David Story: Professional pianist, drummer, composer, and educator. Well into his 4th 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.