Understanding the Musician

Musicians are a different breed than most. In my limited experience with my husband, I have studied his habits in the attempt to understand his personality. I hope this helps others understand that most confusing of creatures, the Musician.

I hope this helps me.

The musician is a relaxed, thoughtful, cautious and sometimes eccentric creature. They may not fit most cultural or social norms of their environments.

My musician’s main food source is cereal. Cereal is a quick and satisfying meal, which allows our creature to return to listening, playing and studying their music. I’m sure other musicians may prefer another food source, but their nourishment options fall under the same quick and easy guidelines.  It’s not uncommon to see a musician writing notes with one hand and holding food in the other while scouring for new renditions on YouTube.

The musician is perpetually late. I haven’t figured out if it’s because they don’t care about time, or don’t understand it. I have tried lying -saying events start earlier than they do – , but eventually the he catches on and learns a new tactic of avoidance.

They are easily confused, but quick to learn.

Most musicians are nocturnal creatures. This doesn’t mean they sleep during the day. It means it’s impossible for them to sleep before 2 a.m.

Musicians carry lots of baggage… lots of heavy, bulky baggage. They expect their spouse and/or friend to aid in the carrying of this luggage. For instance, this means driving either a SUV, wagon, hatchback or in my case, a minivan to accommodate said luggage – even if there are no children.

Storage will always be an issue, so a musician’s gear will require its own, ever-expanding, room. If baggage is dropped, even by a falling spouse, the musician’s first instinct is to check on the gear.

This almost always ends with an argument.

The musician will feel a lifelong need to collect more instruments, more gear and more music to add to its habitat. Like squirrels, musicians will stack, store and hide new gear throughout their environment. Don’t assume a musician will eventually run out of room and thus stop collecting. They will continue this impulsion until the environments of others around them are consumed, or a larger habitat is acquired.

When speaking to musicians it’s difficult to know whether their mind is following the same thought process you are. They aren’t. It’s their nature to become easily distracted. Continually ask your musician specific questions to keep their attention.

The musician needs companions for ideas and encouragement. One may be subjected to a ten minute  Jesus Culture song, followed by the fifteen-minute acoustic version only to conclude which is better.

Patience is required.

Do not mistake old or lose sheet music as trash or scrap paper. Throwing away such things are interpreted as disrespect.

Any attempts to change these habits are futile. Musicians are artistic, emotional souls. Moreover, they are fatally stubborn. This is the downfall of belonging to a free-spirited bunch. Demanding they conform to the social norms of punctuality, sleep, or adult meals is counter-intuitive.

A musician’s aim is to impact culture, not blend into it.

So while studying and learning about your own musician, remember to take the good with the bad. Without these artistic weirdos, music just would not be as moving or emotionally connected.

Let’s face it, society and the cereal company needs these lovable misfits.

Without the Musician, life would simply fall flat.

Patience is requireImaged.

3 thoughts on “Understanding the Musician

  1. Hehe. One reason musicians are sometimes so calm and relaxed is because they vent their emotions out through music.

    Heh. I don’t have much baggage other than my piano and digital keyboard, but a massive playlist on my iPod and a head stuffed full of music I’ve memorized.

    I’m almost never late. That was one thing we were raised with – the idea that being late was equal to being extremely rude. Just to be sure I don’t lose track of time and make that mistake, I have several alarms set on my iPad for the scheduled times I need to be somewhere.

    Nocturnal? Yep. Check. I like to do my practicing at night when there are no phones or doorbells etc to distract me. But – that’s why I have a digital piano. And, it just sounds great. Feels good to practice on too, they sure have come a long way since the 80s and 90s. It makes really good recordings too, provided I have the volume set right.

    Cereal? Heh, that’s an occasional late night snack. I like to relax in front of my computer or TV and have a big breakfast, but even that is convenient – KD or pizza from the fridge, potato patties from the freezer, or even left over dinner from the night before.

    Stubborn? Check. Or, put a nicer way, determined. Which is what it takes to master some really difficult and frustrating piece of music. 🙂

    Something else we sometimes do is laugh or cry at music. Songs that speed up and or are just unexpected with the wording can crack me up. There are others that will put me in tears every time.

    Something else I’ve noticed that’s kind of neat is a lot of musicians, myself included, are animal lovers. I have a pet chinchilla and a sugar glider possum. I would love a cat, but can’t have one because other people living here don’t like them and/or have allergies. I’d love a rabbit, and they can live outside. But we’ll see. Next on my pet list are a few mini-furbies. *Grin* I have taken my pets to work and other places, where they are well-received. That is possums and occasionally the chinchilla when my shift isn’t too long. The furbies will be cute enough, but I’ll have to be sure they can shut up and stay quiet when out in the open and with movement around that doesn’t involve them directly before taking them to work.

    I used to have a sugar glider possum that I took everywhere with me, including work, at a dance school, and she was such a hit with the students and staff alike.

    Your blog is about the most interesting blog I’ve read. A friend on Facebook introduced me via the 6 Warnings post about Mennonite traditions post.

    This comment has turned into a bit of an essay, so I’ll stop here and give you a sample of my playing. It was memorized and learned when I was going through a time where I was feeling at my wit’s end with life. So I probably look the part, too, and it would probably look rather silly to play this with a grin anyway. And from some of your other blog entries, you seem like you could understand that feeling.

    So, here goes. 🙂


  2. I concur.
    With what? Everything you just said : )
    I like your phrase: “A musician’s aim is to impact culture, not blend into it.” I suppose that doesn’t excuse us from eating healthy and taking care of ourselves. Still working on that one.


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