Realities for Local Bands: Talent Is Not Enough (eBook) in Live Sound Posted August 20, 2019 The music business is, since I've been at arm's length with it, all business and little music. The time actually spent with music became so diminished in the overall requisite thought devoted to the alphabet soup of the business that the core became subordinated to the shell. I had to weigh my who to my what, in terms of the artistry versus business acumen, and decided to retain the who part. That meant bowing out completely. To me the obligation to make music enslaved the artistry to the extent of actually leaving a sour taste in my mouth for playing guitar. It became a guilty thought to play for recreation. Now I enjoy it and seek nothing more from it than that. I will consent to an occasional gig but it's exceedingly rare now that I don't gaze upon an audience as an ugly obligation.