Musicians, Count Your Holiday Blessings!
The holidays are such a hugely busy season for most musicians that it can be pretty hard to step back and appreciate how lucky we are. I know, you're tired and overworked, and you have three performances of the Nutcracker or Handel's Messiah this weekend, as well as an early morning Christmas service at one of those churches with way too much electric guitar. I mean, most people get a break during the Holidays, but even if school's out or you get time off your day job, your music job is sucking the life out of you. And how many electric guitars can one church possibly need anyway?
But, there are plenty of advantages that musicians have over regular folks this season. Here are a few I've noticed.
Yes, as a musician, you likely have enough pitch sense that you can sing a Christmas carol and stay in key, even if that key has far too many flats, and, oh my, what is that key change the choir director thought would be a good idea for the bridge?
If fact, after so many Christmas concerts, you even know the correct lyrics to most carols, including the second verses!
Sure, some people get end of the year bonuses, but others get tons of seasonal concerts and gigs. All that extra money means this time of year is likely your most profitable! Financial stability, here we come! At least until next month.
I'm playing in a concert for the such and such symphony means no more uncomfortable small talk with your boss's nephew, the one who constantly insists he's not racist despite all evidence to the contrary. Or avoid trying to remember the names of everyone in the accounting department.
Alexis Lantgen is a musician and writer who teaches violin and viola and plays in several local orchestras. She recently finished her first novel and had one of her short stories accepted into an anthology. In addition to her fiction writing, Alexis writes a blog, The Wise Serpent.