Hey Musicians, Would it Kill You to Get a Job?
Donnell Alexander
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Like Martin, this makes me sad. I’ve made a good living in music, mostly helping (as a producer) artists sell records. Very few of them possessed the skills or energy to wear the many hats now required. Some needed a budget — a real budget — to realize their artistic vision. This has nothing to with the nobility of ‘regular’ work. But mastery takes a kind of laser focus, focus we’re blessed with when young. Making someone brilliant at this very moment of blossoming wash dishes 40 hours a week — time she would have spent creating with professionals — isn’t noble. It’s tragic.

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