Dear Musician - Waiting on the World to Change
By Dendy Jarrett | (edited)
In the popular John Mayer song released in 2006, the lyrics in the chorus say this:
It's hard to beat the system
When we're standing at a distance
So we keep waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change.
I’ve been involved with Harmony Central since 2004. Our Mission Statement has always been to inspire people to Make Better Music, and we’ve been determined to stay true to that mission. There are times we may have fallen short, but after all, we are people.
I write this not to grand stand, but I realize that many of you may have seen this in the press this past week and might wonder what it means for Harmony Central. I’ve accepted a new position with our parent company, Gibson. I believe that Harmony Central and our mission opened the door for the opportunity specifically because of our mission and how closely it ties in with the Gibson Foundation's new mission.
Billboard Magazine - Jarrett Appointed Executive Director of the Gibson Foundation
With Harmony Central, I’ve been able to provide words of encouragement, inspiration, and hope regarding music, teaching music, sharing music, and making better music. With this new appointment, I’ll be able to take that one step further by being able to give instruments while evangelizing all of the same great messages I’ve been able to tout while at Harmony Central.
But what does all this mean for Harmony Central? Well, at least for now, I’m still here and hope to be here for a while longer.
How can you help? Please go to www.gibsonfoundation.org and donate. 100% of your donation will go to help great partners whom we support…like Little Kids Rock, Notes For Notes, or Guitars for Vets (to name a few).
The need is real, and the difference the gift of music makes has been proven over and over. So go be awesome and keep making better music – and if you feel compelled, help us help others to do the same. The time has come for me to do something about it…. -HC-
Header Image courtesy Notes for Notes
Jarrett Image courtesy Gibson
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