MUSICIAN NUGGET – PLAYING WITH CONVICTION | In the early stages of my development as a saxophonist, through coming up in the Black Baptist Church, it was impressed upon me to have meaning and a message to bring when I play. I took on the idea that when you play, imagine yourself as a preacher delivering a word to enrich the lives of those listening. It’s embedded in the core of my approach as a whole musically. So, in essence, you have to have a deep conviction about something that comes through every time you play. You shouldn’t play stuff you’re not feeling, this goes for gigs and choices on stage. This is why I guess I’m particular about what type of gigs I play, just because I don’t like to play stuff I’m not 100% feeling. Every musician individually has to come to terms with these questions; What is the reason why I play music? What is motivating me to continue to play? How can I be a blessing to the Lord and his people with the musical talent and creative works I have to contribute? Once you know these answers and you govern yourself by them, then when you play and do stuff, you and others will recognize and feel that you have an identity, purpose, and meaning in your life. The playing is just a by-product of what you stand for as a person away from the instrument.

Ecc 12:13 – 14
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

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