Only The Best Musicians Can Create More Of This...
I carried massive tension around about being a ‘great player’.
It disappeared completely when someone whom I believe to be a great player, said the following to me:
“You can’t be everyone’s favorite drummer”.
Vanished. Gone! I can think of 3 people who think I’m the best drummer in the world. They all live in my house and none of them ever give me gigs. Two of them are under 4 years old.
‘Best’ is subjective. I get that. But if ‘best’, in this case, means “always in demand” or “always improving”, then here’s the question:
What are the ‘best’ musicians creating (before everything) that others aren’t?
Time to practice.
Time to write.
Time to connect.
Time to just…think.
As professional musicians, we often obsess over tempo and the time… between… each… note… we… play.
We can be hugely critical of the type of time others have in settings we play in. Time… is important to us.
So why are so many professional musicians terrible at managing their diaries?
I’m not talking about responding to offers for work or getting to gigs on time.
I’m talking about the time between those gigs. The time when the phone isn’t ringing. The time off stage. The time away from playing or teaching.
What we do in that time defines so many things, not least, the state of our mental health.
Decisions take time. Deciding what to do takes time.
We need that time.
But what deciding time could we save? More to the point… What time-consuming decisions could we eliminate in order to create more time to do the important stuff?
How long does it take you to decide what to wear every day?
How long does it take you to decide what to eat every day?
On weeks where you knew the diary was quiet… If you planned and batched clothing and or food choices a week at a time… How much more time could you create each day? Each week? Each year?
What would you do with that time?