I love music, I love learning about it, I love digging into the craft, studying, challenging myself, practicing and performing as much as I can… I’m pretty certifiably obsessed.
I’m proud of it, honestly. I kind of relish the weird comments or disbelief that I try to do as much drumming as possible. It’s part of my identity, both internally and externally.
Plenty of people don’t have that, though… A relationship with music/an instrument that helps define them. Or maybe they did, and lost it somewhere along the road.
For those of us even a little serious about musicmaking, finding and honing our creative voices, I think we have to love what we do. We should be thinking about it waiting in line or sitting on the bus…
Infatuation with your instrument and the music it makes is (or at least should be) part of the process.
Balance is important of course, but I’m looking right at those folks who play… Who want to play… But always seem to find other things to occupy their attention.
If you don’t find yourself in my camp of “I want to do this ALL THE TIME” – how can you get there?
Or, a bit more practically, how can you stoke the fires of musical passion to make time to practice (which we all know is important), to put forth more effort than you currently are – because you want to.
How do you fall back in love with your instrument?