artphoto by splunge
artphoto by TheophileEscargot
artphoto by Kronos_to_Earth
artphoto by ethylene





Mecha Wiki

Metachat Eye


IRC Channels



Comment Feed:


20 June 2011

Is this how a "big break" starts? [More:] My son finished his sophomore year in college, studying music. He spent his first two years in a paid position, singing in a church choir. Through contacts there, he's met and made a favorable impression on one of the music professors from University of North Texas who may help him get into grad school there. UNT has a locally well-regarded music school (Nora Jones went there).

This summer, he landed a job playing praise music on piano for another local church, giving him the opportunity to learn music with a more contemporary vibe and also the challenge of learning new music each week (as opposed to taking 3-4 months to learn a complicated piece for an end-of-semester recital).

Tonight, I found out that a local singer and old friend of his from high school has asked him to sing a duet with her. She is pretty huge in the local/regional hispanic community, and I think she might ask him to sing at the local mall-turned-hispanic-entertainment-center.

The beauty of this, really, is that if he actually ends up with any kind of performing career it will be a bonus; his goal is to study music theory and history, hopefully getting a doctorate in it. Because he is not actually trying to make a go of performance, he feels very little pressure when he does perform.

I don't know that this will be any kind of big break for him or not, but I'm thoroughly enjoying his successes in a vicarious sense.
congrats to your son. sounds exciting! If there's any advice you can impart him I think it's about keeping track of people's names and building those relationships so if they need him in the future they know who to call
posted by Firas 21 June | 03:31
It's a great development but it makes sense to keep your feet on the ground. Most professional musicians I know don't have a 'big break' but feel lucky if they have a steady career with a lot of quality gigs like this. What Firas says is really good avice - stay professional and stay focused, be helpful and be on time and be cooperative, make a name as the guy the other artists are going to want to recommend and think of next time they need a session player.

In music, I think wishing for big-time fame is not the point. Having a solid career as a musician is a great gift in itself. Only a very few people get super famous, and even that is no guarantee of happiness or even of continued, steady, stable work or reknown; while a very very many people are quite happy and productive with musical careers that don't go in that direction. It sounds like he's doing really well and he's happy with his work and that's what counts. The world needs a lot of musicians, not just super famous ones!
posted by Miko 21 June | 08:51
stay focused, be helpful and be on time and be cooperative

That's pretty much him.

My brother-in-law plays in a band in the Albany, NY, area (The Refrigerators), and while it is a well-known band in the area, he doesn't make enough to earn a living; he has a day gig as a middle school music teacher. If the music career ever starts to take off for my son, he has his uncle as a mentor.
posted by Doohickie 21 June | 20:35
I'm trying to find an article || Happy Birthday, D.C.!