Music Authority Family Newsletter - September 10, 2019
Teamwork; Taylor 714ce LTD; Service Day Success; Creative Talent; Music Authority's Beyond
Great musicians are team players. One of the things I've learned over the years of both classical training and life in the contemporary musical world is that the more people you can get along with, the more you'll work.
I've seen incredibly skilled musicians lose gigs because of attitude. Sometimes, it's not a bad attitude. Sometimes, it's apathy.
To be successful, you have to connect with your group. You have to be a team. You don't have to like everyone, but you have to work together. (There was a drummer I sang with for years. On a personal level, I didn't like him. We were too far apart socially, we shared no outside interests, and we were probably equally abrasive to each other. But we left those differences at the door and made great music together for a number of years.)
If I show up to a rehearsal, know all my stuff, nail every single song, but don't connect with my band, I'm going to get fired. Perfection doesn't make great music. Connections do. I have to connect to my band mates - wherever they are in life. We have to meet at point of music and develop the song together. Is the song sad? Then we should cry together. Is it happy? We should laugh together.
We need to figure out what we have in common and build on it. Maybe it's just the music. That's fine, it's a start. It's something we can laugh about, cry about, be angry about. It's a start to tapping the passion that is part of music.
The best feeling in the world is leaving a band rehearsal that didn't accomplish as much as it should have because we were laughing. That's a start to amazing music.
The service projects, social activities, and other opportunities at Music Authority are designed to help build the team. In today's world of texting and ME and other electronic forms of communication, we have to teach our students how to communicate; how to connect; how to be of service to each other.
Being a team player will get your musician father. Not just in music, but everywhere. Come, be part of the team.
Have you seen the latest limited edition guitar from Taylor? This 714ce LTD has sinker cedar top, rosewood back and sides, and tone for days!
Give it a try the next time you stop by - we don't think it will last long!
Service Day Success
Our service day at Bearfoot Ranch was hot, but successful. Several Music Authority families helped out at the ranch by doing clean up, brushing horses, and moving bales of hay. Thank you to everyone who helped make the day a success!
Bearfoot Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit equestrian center dedicated to providing therapeutic riding lessons and riding activities in a safe, effective, and compassionate environment.
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Melissa Loggins, Music Authority's Ringmaster, published her fourth novel in August. Her urban fantasy series about vampires living in Georgia, is published under her pen name - Anne Schlea.
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