Live Music: It’s Good for the Heart

December 1st, 2013 Debra Mann


Being a musician is a special calling and career path that is rich with rewards and rife with unique challenges. I loved the following quote when I read it because I think it does a nice job concisely summarizing the general feeling that musicians have about being a musician.


Musicians – by David Ackert, L.A. Times


“Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every note, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgement. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life – the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because musicians are willing to give their entire lives to a moment – to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Musicians are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.”


Isn’t that powerful?  Of course, not all musicians eschew the earthly joys of family life and the pleasantries of material comforts. But, I’m sure that most musicians can relate to Ackert’s description all too well.  The blissful moments that a musician feels when they are at one with the music is all the more potent when shared with fellow-musicians, and a receptive audience.    It’s a unifying experience that reinforces a feeling of love and brotherhood, and can even restore our hope in humanity.  These  shared moments, where art meets hearts, validate that there is more to this experience than meets the eyes.  It’s an elevating experience that lifts us out of the mundane, and never leaves us where it found us.  Live music is that powerful. It adds a sweetness to the daily challenges that musicians face, and fuels us on in our efforts to keep growing as artists.   So, support live music.  It’s good for the heart,  it’s good for musicians, and it’s good for humanity.




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