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NO PASSION-DON’T BECOME A BLUESMAN OR MUSICIAN-BY JOHN EMMS

If you can’t look or feel the passion like the late Duanne Allman (pictured above) did when this photo was snapped don’t waste everyone’s breathing space who are actually down in their basements sweating to be the next great bluesman or woman.

Or for that matter just want to be a great singer-songwriter in any genre of music.

You can name  a hundred or so great musicians.  No problem. For now let’s just say Eddie Vedder, Eminem, Luciano Pavarotti, Bruce Springsteen and Buddy Guy. Who did not want to get famous?  None of them. 

But along the way they were passionate about their music. They sweated the details.

Why are so many people saying that some of the music business is full of “shite’.  Probably because everyone wants to be rich and famous but does not want to put the effort in to become great. 

Could you imagine if Pavarotti said “Nah I don’t we want to study voice, and become one of the greatest singers ever. I just need a shortcut. Or Eminen said “no that wordplay is good enough, I don’t give a shit! 

What’s the first thing out of mouths of some of the new artists? Here is one example.

 I came  across the lyrics to the  recent hit song Billionaire featuring rapper Travie McCoy. ” I want to be a billionaire so fucking bad.  Buy all the things I never had, I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine smiling next to Oprah and The Queen”

No wonder I can’t get excited about Simon Cowell’s new show X-Factor. Having said that, at least there is no age limit on X-Factor. So maybe someone who is actually sweating the details might get a break.

Then again do you want want someone to control your every moment of your life and tell you what to wear, play and sing.

 Be careful for what you wish for!!

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist and musician. John also plays what he wants on a very cool blues and rock roots radio show  http://emms.podbean.com/

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