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October 4, 2008 / alunatunes

October 03-Fear of the Unknown


“The unknown is what it is, and to be frightened of it is what sends everybody scurrying around chasing dreams, illusions, wars, peace, love, hate and all that. Unknown is what it is. Accept that it’s unknown and it’s plain sailing.”- John Lennon

When we are born we have only two fears; fear of the dark, and fear of falling. Every other fear is taught us by parents, teachers, siblings and friends. Instead of developing our own ideas of what to be wary of, we constantly listen to others and allow their opinions to develop our own ideas of what to scurry away from and what to be careful of.

There is no predicting the unknown, the next hour, much less the next few years.  If the current economic crisis shows us anything, it is that the future is much less certain than we care to imagine.  Jobs disappear, mortgage companies go belly up, banks close their doors. Uncertainty is all around us. The unknown is surprisingly sneaky and sharp edged.

As musicians, we are challenged to experiment, to craft new songs and new music. To achieve constantly greater creations, we must forget fear and set our sights ever forward. The unknown is the stuff of life. If everything were predictable, it would indeed be a dull world. The unknown is a musician’s creative pallet, urging us to mix and meld styles and rhythms and create new music.

Forget your fear of failure. Let go of your fear of the unknown. Forget your fear of the stage, of forgetting a line or phrase. Forget the path of straining and struggling to get things right and just let things be. Anyone in the audience would trade places with you on the stage. You are living a dream. And, while sometimes it seems like the stuff of nightmares as you cope with the stress of music as a living, it is indeed a rare and wonderful thing you do.

The unknown is an open book. Write your own page, your own song, your own way.

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