Kristy Landgren

Noble Profession

It's been said that playing live is a noble profession for a musician. I think it's true. There are a few who do it exceptionally well and I have always stood in tremendous awe of their professionalism. It is such a wonderful gift to be able to make a living doing what one loves most - music. I wish I could say I were in that League. My little league is the one that works by day to pay the bills and lives by night to make the music. Nevertheless, whether it is from the fifth row of an intimate theater or the pigeon rafters of an enormous auditorium, I find it remarkably rewarding to observe the great ones and try to take away some morsel of craft that I can use to help improve my performance skills. One of the covers I always enjoyed doing was a Stevie Nicks song, “After The Glitter Fades”. It sings of excitement and glamour in the rock and roll experience but also of the sorrow and loneliness it brings. I never felt as though I did the song very convincingly. Well, I’m not a rock star and how can I compete with her famous voice anyway? But I think I always liked the song for it’s sincerity and vulnerability. Everyone is looking for happiness that lasts but sometimes the only kind found is temporary kind. If we are wise we ultimately realize the only way to find what we are looking for is to step courageously into the necessary changes that will correct failing courses and lead us to desired outcomes. An old adage comes to mind: The definition of idiocy is repeating the same thing over and over but somehow expecting a different result. Why is change always so difficult? Isn’t it curious that, although we want more from life, it just seems easier to choose the unrewarding familiar over the discomfort of the unknown. We remain in bad jobs, relationships or other unfulfilling situations rather than risking that which may finally lead to the profound joy we have been desperately seeking. So what if we fail in our first attempt? Kids fall all the time and get right back up. I suppose we lose resiliency of spirit, as well as body, with age. But we would do well to remind ourselves that practice does make perfect and persistence does achieve success. Anyway, I hope I can find the determination to keep reaching for the stars. Thank you to all my mentors who unknowingly inspire me to press forward in my aspiration to accomplish goals. Maybe I’ll never make the League and get to do what I love most. Maybe I will. Nevertheless, to a hopelessly romantic singer/songwriter, live performance truly is the most noble of professions.

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