Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tim Price Bloggin' For Rico- " The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena "..

~ So many times people musically are concerned about harsh reviews that serve no purpose and just thrash the artist. The common sense of communication, respect and review are lost forever in this kind of situation.

The great teacher Charlie Banacos once shared the below quote with me of Theodore Roosevelt which sums it all up nicely.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

And...to take it a step even further...some words from Rico artist Jerry Bergonzi ;

"It's none of your business what other people think of your playing" - Jerry Bergonzi

Here's a helpful hint to gain new dimension ;

Replace the same old videos you watch on youtube with classic jazz recordings.Start listening more to masters and study the real history of what your playing! Youtube can be a great starting point- but keep on searching. Listen to more String Quartets, more Woodwind Quintets, read more about composers. Open a book, listen to Bill Evans, Bartok, read Boulez.Study scores, and get past the same stuff. The world is out there go find it.Live music needs your support! I continue to explore and learn all I can about all music in the quest to develop a voice.The more I know about what’s behind the music the more profound the effect is on my musical psyche. Being a complete musician goes well beyond the notes- much more than that. I’m grateful for the era that I came up in, and the teachers, musicians that made me aware of these values. Balance! I hope my words on this issue, in the process inspire people to do the right thing.Go hear some live music, support the people playing NOW, be part of it.

Till next week be in the moment and make every moment the best it can be.
~ Tim Price

PS- The cat is my Maine Coon Cat Milo..he's 12 weeks old. A beautiful Cameo color.
He's on the case already!


  1. Nobody could say it better than Tim-John Collinge

  2. Never mind the man who contemplates
    doing away with license plates
    He stands alone, anyhow
    baking the cookies of discontent
    by the heat of the laundromat vent
    Leaving his soul!
    . . .
    Leaving his soul!
    Parting the waters
    of the medulla oblongata
    of - -brrrrrr! - -mankind