The main question amidst all of the work is why are we playing music anyway? Why am I committing my whole life to a dream that may or may not happen? Everyone has a different answer to this question, but my answer is that I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life. I would not be happy doing anything else everyday day. Music is not work, it is what I love to do. Music is such a gamble and takes hard work, and if you can imagine a life without a musical career, I would suggest following that other career. Becoming a musician is not a life for someone who wants normalcy.
I often have people telling me that they worry that I don’t have a normal life and that I will not experience common rites of passage, such as going to pop concerts, shopping at the mall, playing on a sports team, etc. because I am inside practicing. I always respond by saying that if I wanted a normal life, I would have it. If I wanted to go shopping or play sports, I would do it. I love to play violin and in order to do that as my career in the future, it takes hard work that I am willing to put in. I don’t want a normal life because I am not normal. I am happy that I am different and we should celebrate the fact that I am living the life that I want to live, and creating a future for myself. If you feel passion for something, go tackle it with all the energy you can because that is how you live your life to the fullest with no regrets.
Many people believe that classical music is a dying art and that in a few generations, there will be no such thing. I, on the other hand, believe the future of classical music is very bright. It is my job, as a young musician, to share my passion with others who could grow up to do the same. Music is an art that will continue to be passed down. We need to introduce classical music to children at an early age, before their views are tainted by other children, who are pressuring them into the realm of pop music. Classical music creates feelings that words cannot describe. Classical music isn’t boring because it is a story of history, and a metaphor for life. As long as people continue to see this, classical music will continue to thrive.