I had the pleasure in March to see guitarists I‘ve known for years, reconnect with ones not seen for years, and meet new ones I hope to follow for years to come. I was able talk with several over the phone and in person, catching up on old memories and making new ones.
Like pieces of a puzzle my musical background was revealed and suddenly fit together forming a musical tapestry. It showed me how diverse we are, how far away we are, yet how close and connected our world of music has become. It’s a grand experience we share.
Connection is key to a social structure. I wonder where I would be had I not become introduced to our organization all those years ago. The friendships made, collaborations availed, and opportunities to experience the current day scene we’re all now part of may never have been possible or realized otherwise.
Someone asked me recently if I was isolated as I live and work at the same location. Being self-employed it could appear to be the case. Some days there is lots of activity and other times it’s very quiet. I can spend hours and days alone. Some of you know what it’s like. I call it the space between the notes. You know it musically as “Rests”.
It made me think back to the early 1990’s before I was introduced to Victory Music. I played at home and church events but that was it. I was a local fish in a little pond. Same routine, same schedule, same contacts. Nothing wrong with that accept it seemed to get stale.
Though times have changed through the internet, face to face connection and activities offers a fresh landscape. And whatever the size of the gathering, it holds true. We were made for companionship.
That’s the magic Victory Music members have experienced. Our Open Mic’s provide the opportunity to meet and share music with a diverse group of musicians that changes often. And through that we all benefit from the experience. It’s a rare gem to treasure.
I encourage you to attend one of our Open Mic’s and experience the magic for yourself. Bring an instrument, a song, and some friends to listen. Whether you’re a diamond in the rough or a few carats, your sparkle cannot be seen if you just stay home.
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