As a young boy in Sunday School, one of the most curious bible lessons that resonated with my little rebellious spirit was found in Matthew 7:13-14, where Jesus said (in my own paraphrase) “Travel on the narrower roads, where few travel and find real life. The ‘five lane’ highways are where you find the crowds and that path usually lead you toward destruction!”
I always liked lessons and phrases like that, because I generally never wanted to be counted in with the crowds anyway. Not that I was a loner, but because my perspective was that if a whole room of people were gravitating toward one opinion, vote or direction, I wanted to see, hear or navigate to the opposite view. Just Because…
Musicians are often faced with this dilemna, especially if they want to eat!
If a “sound,” “format,” or “genre” dictates that THIS is the Tempo, Feel and Structure you need to follow, then baby you better walk the line! I’m sure this is why I was totally unsuccessful in Cover Bands, held (and continue to hold) complete disdain for popular waves and fads and I loathe Smooth Jazz with every ounce of blood and oxygen in my body. It was painful to watch most of my heroes of jazz music dumb down their genius for Soccer Mom Airplay. I know the brief rewards were royalty checks in amounts I am still yet to see, but it’s just as painful to watch them try and scramble back to their core when this format was soon yanked from the prominence of terrestrial radio.
Average abounds. And It’s not just in the music business, but practically every industry boasts the illusions of granduer and spectacle to make Average appear far better than it is. Average is what is encouraged. It’s taught in the schools, from elementary to collegiate and more interestingly, in some of our neighborhood churches, which may not have read the aforementioned scripture!
Anyone can be Average. It takes little effort. If you have a remote control, you’re in. You watch from the sidelines, feeling all of the excitement of the game without particpating. Average is comfortable and conveinent. It’s also quite contagious. Entire families, whole people groups and many generations can live and die Average lives and leave lasting legacies of complacency. It’s a five lane highway and everyone is partying on it. It’s expected for you to join in…
Amazing is not necessarily your in your chops, fellow musicians. Amazing is in your choices. Amazing doesn’t begin with what you do. It starts with who you are – rather – who you think you are! Because if you Think you are amazing, it won’t be long until your heart agrees and your hands begin the work of implementation.
Amazing is deciding that it matters not where you come from, or your family heritage, economic status or physical limitations. Once You have discovered and decided Your Purpose, Priorities and Plan – Then, Brother, Sister – YOU’RE AMAZING and You Can’t Be Stopped!
This week, I have the great opportunity to share these thoughts with a High School Class of Amazing Students! My Goal is to increase each one’s awareness of their own Awesomeness!
Let The Games Begin!!