November 11- The Wheel of Sacrifice
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”- Theodore Roosevelt 1910
Admiration lands at the feet of those who understand one person, one shift in attitude, one brave moment after another, can and does make a difference. The men and women who brave foreign countries, hostile territories and bitter enemies, know sacrifice very personally, Today is a day to honor those who safeguard our freedom and fight for our honor as a country. No matter how you feel about war, it is good to remember the people fighting it are real flesh and blood humans who operate at a super hero level. The may carry guns, dress in fatigues and wear helmets, but to me they may as well be outfitted in a cape with the ability to leap tall buildings. They are my personal heros.
As we ponder those who so willingly sacrifice for our country, it may be a good time to look inward and ponder our own bravery. Often, as those who make music, we feel compelled to write, play and sing in the direction of the approval of our audience, the record label or our bandmates. In seeking constant approval, we lose our ability to stretch our creative wings. We don’t experiement because it may not be acceptable in our circle of musicians. One who plays metal is not often encouraged to create a soft, mystical guitar piece.
Musical creation is not a wheel of sacrifice. You don’t spin it to see what you must give up to get something in return. Be brave enough to expand your music horizons today. Listen to something new that you would not normally have ears for.
We can conduct ourselves on the fringes of our art, or we can be brave enough to step out of the shadows with the full knowledge our creations may or may not be accepted.
Ponder the bravery of our soldiers and military personnel today and consider your own brave spirit as well.