Dear Musician - So Thankful for Music
By Dendy Jarrett | (edited)
photo courtesy - Carhartt
In the United States we’re embarking on the week of Thanksgiving. It’s an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal that usually includes turkey. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621 and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. A similar holiday is held in Canada, usually on the second Monday in October.
What’s true is that in the world today, there’s plenty to complain about should we choose to focus on the negative. These past two weeks have seen mass shootings, one of which was at a club where patrons were enjoying music. That particular club is also where Guitar Center held lots of corporate “jams” in which employees would gather to make music together.
These past two weeks also have seen the massive wild fires, which have taken quite a toll on property and lives. Many musicians lost their homes and/or studios in Malibu, the likes of Charley Pollard, producer, engineer and composer, who lost his home but was able to save his studio. However, Jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour lost both his home and recording studio and everything in both. Neil Young and many other musicians lost their homes. Instruments and studios can be rebuilt (and will be), but lives cannot be replaced. The one thing, other than life, that none of these people lost was their music.
With so much going on around us, it’s easy to forget to be thankful for the music that we sometimes take for granted.
Music is a gift.
So, when you’re gathered around a table with friends and family, please remember that music, especially for musicians, is a fabric of life with the strength of Kevlar. Use it to uplift. Use it to remember. Use it to celebrate life and death. But, most of all, please remember to be so thankful for music. -HC-
Dendy Jarrett is the Publisher and Executive Director of Harmony Central. He has been heavily involved at the executive level in many aspects of the drum and percussion industry for over 25 years and has been a professional player since he was 16. His articles and product reviews have been featured in InTune Monthly, Gig Magazine, DRUM! and Modern Drummer Magazines.
Edited by Dendy Jarrett