I sometimes wonder where would I be without the gift of music. Would I be a carpenter a C.E.O, an electrician, a stock broker, a drug dealer, a mailman, office clerk or some other occupation other than being a musician? The very thought frightens me because I would have never had the many wonderful experiences I’ve had over the last thirty plus years.
I have never met a human being who didn’t like some kind of music. There is something about sound and vibration that goes to the core of one’s soul and delivers a high that is totally addicting and in so doing makes life worth living. To me it is the proof of the existence of a higher consciousness (GOD) as in every religion, music is used as part of the ritual to bring us into a state of oneness with our creator.
As a profession I think it is the most difficult on many levels, however, for those of us who have chosen it, or should I say were chosen by it , it’s simply something we must do, a divine purpose, a calling a sense of who we are. This is why so many musicians are seen as weird or even crazy in the eyes of those who don’t understand the source of the magic we weave.
Many years ago, I was fortunate to be a part of a show which was directed by the world famous actor dancer choreographer, Geoffrey Holder, and during the dress rehearsal he said to the cast, “Don’t be afraid because the people who are coming to see us are doing so because they have a fantasy of being on stage themselves.” This hit me like a ton of bricks and served to remove all doubt as to the power which I held within my very being and I shall be ever grateful to him for uttering those few words.
Being a musician has not been without some pain and suffering on a personal level, broken relationships, not having the respect of more traditional thinkers and just being misunderstood. These challenges have all been a part of my journey, but it’s all worth it when I see the reaction of my audience when I go on stage, open my mouth and start singing. The smiles on their faces, the movement of their bodies and the abandonment of their inhibitions is priceless, which makes that feeling almost indescribable.
So today I would like to salute all musicians of all races cultures and ethnicities from around the world. I feel a bond with you because we all speak a common language that transcends all others. A language that heals, inspires and teaches the world that we are all one under the sun. A language that will ultimately be the salvation of us all as we experience and share with the world what we were born to do, being ever mindful of the power we hold and the responsibility that comes with it. That is, to foster peace love and harmony throughout humanity through our creations and to live a life filled with the JOY OF MUSIC…….Peace!