Musicians are a different breed than most. In my limited experience with my husband, I have studied his habits in the attempt to understand his personality. I hope this helps others understand that most confusing of creatures, the Musician.
I hope this helps me.
The musician is a relaxed, thoughtful, cautious and sometimes eccentric creature. They may not fit most cultural or social norms of their environments.
My musician’s main food source is cereal. Cereal is a quick and satisfying meal, which allows our creature to return to listening, playing and studying their music. I’m sure other musicians may prefer another food source, but their nourishment options fall under the same quick and easy guidelines. It’s not uncommon to see a musician writing notes with one hand and holding food in the other while scouring for new renditions on YouTube.
The musician is perpetually late. I haven’t figured out if it’s because they don’t care about time, or don’t understand it. I have tried lying -saying events start earlier than they do – , but eventually the he catches on and learns a new tactic of avoidance.
They are easily confused, but quick to learn.
Most musicians are nocturnal creatures. This doesn’t mean they sleep during the day. It means it’s impossible for them to sleep before 2 a.m.
Musicians carry lots of baggage… lots of heavy, bulky baggage. They expect their spouse and/or friend to aid in the carrying of this luggage. For instance, this means driving either a SUV, wagon, hatchback or in my case, a minivan to accommodate said luggage – even if there are no children.
Storage will always be an issue, so a musician’s gear will require its own, ever-expanding, room. If baggage is dropped, even by a falling spouse, the musician’s first instinct is to check on the gear.
This almost always ends with an argument.
The musician will feel a lifelong need to collect more instruments, more gear and more music to add to its habitat. Like squirrels, musicians will stack, store and hide new gear throughout their environment. Don’t assume a musician will eventually run out of room and thus stop collecting. They will continue this impulsion until the environments of others around them are consumed, or a larger habitat is acquired.
When speaking to musicians it’s difficult to know whether their mind is following the same thought process you are. They aren’t. It’s their nature to become easily distracted. Continually ask your musician specific questions to keep their attention.
The musician needs companions for ideas and encouragement. One may be subjected to a ten minute Jesus Culture song, followed by the fifteen-minute acoustic version only to conclude which is better.
Patience is required.
Do not mistake old or lose sheet music as trash or scrap paper. Throwing away such things are interpreted as disrespect.
Any attempts to change these habits are futile. Musicians are artistic, emotional souls. Moreover, they are fatally stubborn. This is the downfall of belonging to a free-spirited bunch. Demanding they conform to the social norms of punctuality, sleep, or adult meals is counter-intuitive.
A musician’s aim is to impact culture, not blend into it.
So while studying and learning about your own musician, remember to take the good with the bad. Without these artistic weirdos, music just would not be as moving or emotionally connected.
Let’s face it, society and the cereal company needs these lovable misfits.
Without the Musician, life would simply fall flat.