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Old 04-18-2013, 02:10 AM   #1
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musician vs real job?

If you were in a successful band and making a decent living...would you be happy with that?

Or would you feel it does not contribute anything to society in a meaningful way and that you are just really nothing in life.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:12 AM   #2
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so i'd actually be giving more to the world by being a successful musician
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:18 AM   #3
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If you're making a decent living, why would you be anything other than a musician? Unless you'll be making more than a decent living with another job or interested in something else.
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Or would you feel it does not contribute anything to society in a meaningful way and that you are just really nothing in life.
Lots of people hate their jobs, but when you're a successful musician making a decent living, you have no reason to hate your job. If that's how you would feel, it would just be better to deal with it. Or look for something else.

Also, my grandmother divorced my real grandfather over being a musician, so I guess that could be a problem as well. I say real because I never got to know him. When he was a child, my father barely even knew him, if I'm not mistaken.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:26 AM   #4
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Also, my grandmother divorced my real grandfather over being a musician



i doubt it was JUST the musician thing




OPif i could afford to live off m music id probably do other things as well unless i burn myself out on music
and i have many interersts that id rather not drop
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:32 AM   #5
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i doubt it was JUST the musician thing

No, I know. But from what I understand, it was the thing that drew the last straw. He was always giging, so he was never home. Like, hardly ever. Eventually she got fed up with it and left him.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:34 AM   #6
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It's something I think about quite often. Making a living playing music is my dream, but I'm not sure I could handle being away from my girlfriend and family for months at a time. I dunno.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:40 AM   #7
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I would definitely be happy with that. Doing what you love to do for money and then getting to do other things you love to do not for money. As opposed to people who do what they don't want for money, so they can do what they do want not for money. There's no reason not to be happy about it.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:56 AM   #8
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Entertainers DO contribute to society, can you imagine a world without entertainment and art?
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:08 AM   #9
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Entertaining people is good, but the only thing that would bother be being a musician is how to save money for my retirement or health fund
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:02 AM   #10
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Yes it's one of two dream jobs that I'd be happy with. The other one is being a professional footballer.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:26 AM   #11
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Entertaining people is good, but the only thing that would bother be being a musician is how to save money for my retirement or health fund

I would go to Ashton Kutcher route. I saw him on MTV cribs a few years back and the dude lived in a tiny ass house.

As a band we'd probably buy an average house together and live there off what we need and drive normal cars because lesbehonest we're a band not a billion dollar pop act.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:29 AM   #12
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Yes it's one of two dream jobs that I'd be happy with. The other one is being a professional footballer.

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Old 04-18-2013, 09:05 AM   #13
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If you're making a living off music then all of this is happening: venues would be making money with your act, roadies will have their jobs traveling with you, musicians in your band - hired guns or not - will have the gigs. And most importantly, people are entertained/appreciative of your art. Keep the culture alive.

Can't say you're not contributing at least something.

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Entertaining people is good, but the only thing that would bother be being a musician is how to save money for my retirement or health fund

By making a decent living, you should be able to do this.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:06 AM   #14
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would a musician who is not getting paid for his music be contributing less to society than one who is?
What does a 'meaningful way' mean?
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:12 AM   #15
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you know how many people listen to music while they work? a guy from mali told me when they work they do it in song. it sets a pace for work that can help production. i think this is innately human thing. all the time i see people listen to music when they work, read, watch TV, ****, drive. you name it. you're contributing a lot to society as a musician. even if it's just to others' leisurely activities. that's a worthwhile pursuit to provide entertainment to people when they're done working.

i used to make all my income from music, but now i'd say i'm "semi-professional" as i have a day job.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:35 AM   #16
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would a musician who is not getting paid for his music be contributing less to society than one who is?
What does a 'meaningful way' mean?

No. But we are talking about being successful, making a living, and asking is it contribution enough? Making a living means to do business. If you can do that you know you're doing something right and it impacts others. And despite that, would you accept that a local business owner contributes less than Apple or McDonalds?

A "meaningful way" is real open-ended. You can think you're doing something meaningful because some YouTube comments are thanking you for this hit song and how it gets them through the day. Meaningful could mean you're happy and your skill will be revered in the future editions of Tonal Harmony long after you see the pearly gates.

But I think what TS means is that while all these engineers, military personal, donors, and scientists are trying to solve the world's problems, are musicians doing just as much when strumming guitars to angry teens?
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:36 AM   #17
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No, I know. But from what I understand, it was the thing that drew the last straw. He was always giging, so he was never home. Like, hardly ever. Eventually she got fed up with it and left him.

Out past midnight blowing reefers and doing the Charleston with those flapper girl hussies every night, huh?
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:44 AM   #18
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I am absolutely certain touring would not be my main priority. If I were in a successful band I'd still want to compose for video games and what not and I'd most likely go into ghostwriting as well.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:48 AM   #19
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I believe that being a musician does contribute to the society, as music gives people energy and emotions.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:50 AM   #20
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No job you're likely to do is going to contribute to society in any meaningful way. However, being a musician isn't a real job.
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