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Posted by the Kenny that hasn't posted in a while........ on February 15, 2001 at 05:59:34:
In Reply to: Work, work, work ...how do you guys deal with it? posted by El Pájaro on February 13, 2001 at 07:09:00:
: Hey there,
: Like many of you, I don't play bass in a professional level. I don't mean I don't have a "professional" attitude towards music (you bet!), but I do have to rely in another activity (in my case, law practice) to make my living.
: Day jobs can be time- and effort-consuming (in my case, sometimes to a sickening degree), leave little to no time for practicing, learning, playing and writing music, sometimes all you can do after you come back home is burn out and watch some soccer game on TV.
: It is my guess that some of you went through the same sh*t at any given time, so my question is, how do you live with it? I mean, sometimes there's something or someone (hey Scott you know this one's about you buddy!) to remind me how much joy it is to play bass and make music, but still...
: How do you find a way around this problem? What motivates you to keep learning, studying, playing, writing music when it doesn't represent your main income and you can't devote as much time as you'd like to it? How do you feed the sacred fire? How do you stay focused? What inspires you to go a little further every day?
: Any thoughts you'd like to share with your bruddas and sistas? Thanks in advance and, as always, buena suerte and keep those basses way up front in the mix,
: El Pájaro
WOW...................man ...............what a monster size can of worms you just opened up. I'm a senior account exec. in a management firm and it sucks up soooooooooooooooo much of my energy........kills me sometimes. It breaks my heart at times to think of all the time and effort I've put into music, but I realize that I've made a choice for a specific reason. I could have gone and made a life playing paying gigs and living off of my bass, but this was a road that did nothing for me inside. I felt incredibly inspired when I was breaking new ground in my studies or whe I was working on "original" projects that meant a great deal to me. Whenever I was playing in a theatre company or wedding band it just fealt like work. So I choose to be in the place I am. I've remained inspired by doing little things like.......picking up the 5 string several years ago.........and later picking up fretless 5 string. Lastly, I have a little help from the outside. I have a singer/guitar player/ writer who I've been working with for years and he keeps my poppin'. When I'm down and get together with him............the sun starts shinin' again...........hope this helps a little..........
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