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A question I have always wondered about is: "Are great musicians
professionals because they are great -- or, are great musicians great
because they are professionals?" Kind of the old chicken and egg question,
where both answers are ultimately true for different cases.
Being a working mid-level musician has its good points and its bad
points, but it's certainly not for everybody at every stage of life.
- I can "work" (that consists of giving lessons, and playing gigs) about 20
hours a week, and get by. That includes buying the occasional piece of
electronic music gear. Practicing isn't working to me.
- Working that little gives me plenty of time to practice, read Loopers
Delight, and learn about whatever the hell I want to.
- When I'm at "work," I'm practicing my craft.
- Sometimes I'll get gigs where I can really let loose.
- Can't even begin to think of having a family and buying a house like
- When I play a shitty gig where no one listens and the other musicians are
hacks, I feel like a whore.
But, to me, right now, it's worth it.
----- Original Message -----
From: "mark" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2003 2:49 PM
Subject: Re: Andre Lafosse Freebies and sales...
> I may be half the guitarist, but I gladly trade that for the ability to
> make music with no expectation of compensation at all. I couldn't do a
> wedding band thing. Music is too precious to me. Instead, I now do
> media design. Total sell out, but they don't touch my music.
> Good luck Andre. I want to believe you'll succeed. In a way, you
> have. On the fringe your either 1) a hack or 2) too advanced to be
> understood my most. Either way, it sucks, but I think we can all agree
> that you're not a hack.
> Mark Sottilaro