Don’t Give Up On Your Desires

What would you really like to accomplish? For me, as a musician, I want to make records, play concerts, and compose music.

When you have a desire to accomplish something, there are all kinds of obstacles that will be thrown in your path. I believe these obstacles are put there to test your sincerity and willingness to go through with whatever it is you want to do.

Being a musician is not easy; we have to think about practicing, getting work, preparing for work, networking, promotion, working – and all the truly important things in life, like family, friendships, health and living well.

If you take the long-term view, it will be easier to gauge your progress. In other words, you have to organize to keep your project on track. Start a notebook and write down your goals. Then write all the action steps you’ll have to take to achieve those goals, with target dates for completion.

You’ll get distracted and bogged down by all kinds of things, but look at the first list of goals you made, and put yourself in the frame of mind to act on them. Be sure to look at the goals every day, and revise them when necessary.

Keep in mind, your project may not come out exactly as you wanted, but you will be proud that you had the drive and discipline to see it through to completion. You will also learn what went well and what could be improved in the whole process, and the next project will be that much better.

So what do you really want to do?

-MW, New York City 5/17/2014

Drummers’ Tip #35

To discover what role to play in the music, work with the musical director, composer or arranger and use your musical intuition. Ask yourself what the music needs. Is it grooving, or more coloristic? Is it mysterious, or driving? (Or mysteriously driving..) What is the story the arrangement is telling? What are the dynamics in each section, and when does it peak? Listen to the sum total of all the instruments (and vocals) and find your spot.