Classically trained vocalist. Currently working on a grant-funded, music-based project to encourage people of "a certain age" to try new things and/or attempt to realize a dream. Singer-songwriter.
Music is spiritually uplifting for me.
To write music that is beautiful and appeals to others.
Myself and my immediate relationships
Come, Little Leaves
Bee Gees, Abba, Queen, Heart, Elton John, Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac, Amadeus Mozart, Beach Boys, Dire Straits, Eagles, Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, ELO, Olivia Newton-John, Barbra Streisand, Blondie/Debbie Harry
Faith, breathing, hearing great music, playing with friends
It's good to do stuff, no matter how old or young you are. Live your life. Get along with people. Be forgiving, tolerant, joyful, friendly....
Nervous, excited, inspired
To quote an old book, "It's the best of times; it's the worst of times." With the technology and the internet, anyone can be a musician and acquire fans. And so, there's much more competition. It's a big sea, teeming with fish. As far as what could be improved? In general, education from the beginning should include better arts--all arts, not just music.
Although I've been a member for some time, I haven't been active. Health issues in my family have kept me from consistent at anything for a while, but I'm getting to the point where I'll be participating more. I really like the karma idea, and I think it's great to have a space where musicians can interact and support each other. I can't tell yet what it's like for fans to connect with, and hear, their favorites.
Trying to find time to practice AND trying to find a process that works the best. And trying to find like-minded musicians for collaborating, as I really like collaborating. Most of my frustrations are self-induced, though. I need to practice more and study theory more and get out and play more.
Most of my support is online. My support of local musicians is mostly online. I organized and support a local songwriters' group, which has a Facebook page, a website, and quarterly in-person gatherings at which we learn about topics helpful to songwriters and musicians and have a chance to share our original music with each other for feedback. Because I care for an invalid relative, I have a hard time getting out for local performances. I'm hoping this situation will improve soon.
I know what I *think* should be important qualities, but the general public isn't necessarily responsive to what I think. For instance, I think it would be better if musicians took the time to learn theory and how to read music. I think it's false that doing so cripples an artist's creativity. Probably, the most important qualities would be a personable personality, enough confidence to perform in front of an audience. It's been my experience that anyone who is brave enough to get up and perform is perceived as "good". In my home town, anyway. Develop some good playlists.
Paul Adamson, Lon Laager, Kiki Carter, Paul Nye, Kirk Christman, Gentian Waller, Katie Ray, Robert Muscovitz, Fireline, Kristin Majkrzak, Jacque Tinsley, Joyce Washburn, Jeff Fraser, Jacquie Dufresne