The Hardest Question I Have Ever Been Asked About Music
A question that ALL good musicians get asked ALL the time
I have been a musician for as long as I can remember. I do not ever remember a time that I was not a musician or obsessed with making music in some way. I will literally play anything I can get my hands on (including sticks, rocks, forks, glasses of water, chairs, floors, soda bottles, literally anything. I don’t have a particularly favorite instrument, I just always feel the need to play something. During my lifetime I have been asked a whole lot of questions about music. I would estimate the amount of questions to be in the thousands. The mos difficult question I have ever been asked (and MOST people who ask me about music ask this) is:
“HOW DID YOU GET IN TO MUSIC?”
The answer is: “I don’t know…”
I have always been musically inclined. I have heard stories about me listening to the jingles on the TV and figuring them out on the piano when I was 3 years old. I don’t remember any of that, but I have heard it from a few different people.
The only answer I can come up with for that question is: “I did not get in to music, music got in to me.” And that is %100 the truth. It is just in me. I have new riffs and melodies going through my noggin all the time, like literally ALL THE TIME. I do believe that I was born with music in my soul because I was able to play so well at such an early age with no lessons or any help at all. My father was a drummer in a moderately successful band in the ‘60s-’70s. He played drums and he was darn good. Unfortunately I only got to hear him play live one time before he passed away.
I’ve done a bit of internet research and it seems there are conflicting opinions on whether or not a person is born with musical talent. A lot of people claim that the atmosphere we grow up in has a lot to do with it. I don’t buy that. My family was super poor when I was little and I have met people who’s family was super rich and some of them play just as well as me if not better. The same for being around nurturing adults as children. I was, but I have met plenty of people who weren’t who are great musicians. I’ve even read that some people believe that being born by cesarean delivery are more apt to be better at creating music because of the fight they had to survive so early in life. So those people don’t give up on things very easily. But I wasn’t born by cesarean delivery and I never ever ever give up.
It is my opinion that some people are born with it, some people have an excruciating desire to be good musicians, and some people just have no interest in acquiring a musical talent. That’s really the only thing that I can come up with that makes any sense to me.
I know for sure that I was born with it. It is in me. It is a HUGE part of who I am. I would be absolutely miserable if I could not make music. I know that there are a super ton of musicians out there that feel the exact same way that I do. I know it when I meet them. I have an instant connect with them and they seem to have an instant connect with me. It’s a wonderful thing. It’s like when we meet we both instantly know the other one has insane musical talent.
In closing, I still don’t have a good answer for that incredibly innocent question. And it seems I never will.
Until next time!
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