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September 12, 2008 / alunatunes

September 12- Rules and Ethics


SEPTEMBER 12

THE RULES

“Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules.”
— Wayne Dyer

Rules were posted in our classrooms when we attended school. There were hall rules and monitors to enforce them. There were rules applying to the proper mode of behavior in the classromm,lunchroom and restroom. In the adult world there are banking rules, rules of commerce, rules of government, and rules to make traveling in a car safe. There are rules of behavior laid out in the Bible and in every other religious text. Somewhere I’m sure there’s a rule for creating rules.

Musicians are rule breakers. We don’t have “regular” jobs that fit in a 9-5 world. We often work from home. We choose an alternate lifestyle eschewing pricey cars and houses to rent rooms or apartments with others in order to pursue our dreams. Marketing for us often involves “hanging out” at bars or venues, seeing other bands and making friends; friends we hope will support us next time we perform.  We often live outside the mainstream of the usual guidelines governing work and success. Where an office worker spends hours on a spread sheet presentation, we spend hours pursuing the perfection of a guitar solo or a particular bowing technique.

Our work is so different it’s easy to become ethically unfit in the workplace. Ethics is from the Greek “ethikos”, meaning “arising from habit”.  It covers the analysis and employment of concepts such as right, wrong, good, evil, and responsibility. We can drink on the job- does that mean we should get drunk? Is that truely ethically responsible? Our marketing is developed to attract the opposite sex; should we lose our morality? Because our standards are very different from a normal worker should our guidelines, our rules of personal conduct,  be impaired?

To function effectively in our very different music job, we should set rules and guidelines for ourselves.  Basically, most of us are very clear about right and wrong and we do understand responsibility. Because our work envirmonment is unique and our jobs are not typical, doesn’t mean we can run amok. And as your parents and teachers reminded you when you were a child, don’t be a monkey see monkey do. “Behave so that the good love you, the evil fear you and all respect you.” Catherine the Great’s immortal words ring true. Respect is the key. And it’s hard to respect someone and carry on an intelligent business conversation when they’re nodding off or innebriated.

No one makes music quite like you. Don’t follow a path of doing as you see others do. Remember to stick to the Red Road; what Indians call the Spirit path. You’ll feel better and will be respected by others.

Be sure you are conducting yourself properly “on the job.”

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