Sunday, February 17, 2013

In Memory of Mindy Mcready.

I normally look at Social Media as a necessary evil since I write about music having stopped playing a while back...I came across this on a site and it was so well written and expressed what everyone in the artistic community goes through be they a performer or a lowly critic such as yours truly. I've lived a free lance life style for 51 years. Wouldn't have it any other way. To be average or to be satisfied with average is to embrace mediocrity. Not my style.
Worth a repost and a dedication to Mindy Mcready's memory...

“Singers and 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 judgment. 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 and singers 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. Singers and 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.” - David Ackert, LA Times