How do you become a musician?
hang out with musicians.
Why this podcast.
It's easy to find out how to do a musical thing: look it up or ask someone to show you.
Better yet, just start doing it, because it all comes down to that anyway.
You'll find how-tos everywhere. Especially in music school:
"How to play the ____"
"How to read music off a page"
"How to voice lead"
"How to play faster n' louder than the other kids"
"How to obey the conductor"
"How to conduct"
I learned how to do some of those things.
And some other things:
"How to hustle a gig"
"How to cross-promote"
"How to bitch about the state of the industry"
But what about the rest?
It turns out every musician is in a perpetual state of becoming.
I play, I work and I make records.
But after many miles I realized that I also have to make this show.
So I interview working musicians in their practice space. It is an insane privilege to do so.
We focus on the feeling: melody, tone, connection, pocket etc.
What it takes to keep it growing.
And a little bit of story.
Because someone who makes a living with music knows that it takes plenty more than just craft.
It marshals your brain, body and spirit.
So I hope you enjoy the show. It's a labor of love, and it's for lifers.