Brightening the lives of others
The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas. -W.C. Jones
Music is a balm. Music uplifts and makes us smile and gives us hope. The creation of it, the listening, the sharing of musical ideas with our band mates, and performance for the public are such spiritual experiences. Giving away our musical gifts is indeed a blessed and wonderful thing.
The music industry often differs with the above opinion. The industry focuses on sales, draw, tickets, charts, reviews and critiques. In an industry often viewed as a “shallow money trench, where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs…” (as Hunter S. Thompson pointed out), we can make ourselves valuable by simply being nice. And is that such an effort? We can spend time training ourselves to use our words as blessings, to do our best in every circumstance, avoid the temptation to take things personally and not buying into assumptions and gossip.
We can make our world warmer and more accepting when we learn to routinely give. When entering a venue or performance situation, give the door person a smile, make sure your handshake is firm and kind. If there is someone setting up the stage or the dressing room be sure you thank them for their attention. Be kind to bartenders and tip well at the end of the night even if you are tight on funds. Those who work in bars often appreciate the gift of a t shirt or cd. They’ll remember you next time. Gift your band mates with positive energy instead of negative grumpiness. Be sure everything you are doing, every contact you make, every statement coming out of your mouth is positive and uplifting. This is a monumental task in the music business, but practiced on a daily basis one that will gift you over and over; for as you bless those around you with kindness, kindness will bounce back to you. You are what you constantly believe and what you constantly think and say. The universe simply returns to you what you repeatedly plant in it. Sow gifts of caring and understanding, particularly during this season of giving, particularly in the music world, and you’ll receive the same.