Monday, April 16, 2012

Tim Price Bloggin' For Rico- R-E-S-P-E-C-T

~ A few weeks ago a great tenor player friend of mine,Arnie Krakowsky , made a point on FB about respect. And within our own community!

He said- " I've been in this music business for close to 45 years.What happened to the old days when musicians loved and respected each other no matter what style they played,or what age they were.The musical community is small enough and the work scene is getting smaller!!Please......try to respect one another!!!"

SO TRUE! THE OLD DAYS. Think about it.

Respect for others is based on self-respect. It really is following the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. It is the value that makes the world a more decent and civilized place.
You can show respect in many ways. You speak politely and don’t hurt people’s feelings by saying unkind things or making fun of them. You show good manners and care about other people. You treat others fairly and you think it is good to share.
You know how to show tolerance to people who share different beliefs.
As a respectful person, you see everyone as a person with rights, regardless of anything else.

Respect is perhaps the most important element in any successful long-term relationship…and that’s what we want to develop with our clients and colleagues, and even our family and friends. As they say, respect is not given, it’s earned. And there are certain things you can do to get more respect from others, and increase your professionalism and likeability in the process.We all know that we should treat others as we want to be treated, but sometimes we overlook that when we’re talking about respect. It’s definitely not a one-way street. One of the best things you can do to gain respect is to respect others by listening, and being courteous and compassionate.Another way to show respect is by being open-minded. Be willing to afford respect to everyone you encounter, not just clients or those who may be considered in a position of authority, including their opposing opinions, differences and experiences that make them who they are.

I do tell students of the "reality in my heart and spirit" but if they don't experience it it does not mean a lot. People need to play together, get into the basement and jam!! Look at each other and say yea.PLAY!!

Players used to network on bands and at clubs neither of which exist to any degree. Turn the TV and computer off and get in the life lane! Clubs and concerts are in need of people in the room, and listening to the music.Go and enjoy, I say " Listen to what the music does, not what it doesn't ".

It is very important that we, as musicians, come out and support each other on the scene as much as possible. I try my best to mentor my students, and anyone else in the music who approaches me with questions. It's important to also encourage students to attend their peers recitals/gigs. I did that ALL THE TIME when I was in school, that's when you actually have the time to do it! We all have a responsibility to keep it going, creating, and putting postive energy out there. I am hopeful that the economy will bounce back and we will start filling seats again too!

It's time for stronger community and a vibe that transcends money, politics, ego and anything else. This is art!

Reality. Reality can change,MUST CHANGE, that's what I'm talking about. We establish ourselves in a consciousness of perfection to step forward, not be stuck in the mud.
Musicians are _supposed to be_ connected to inner wisdom and peace.When you live with optimism you achieve optimal results
Purpose is something greater than your self. It changes who you are into who you are in to!Motives is your destination driving wheel- this is 2012- not 1959 !

If we want this music to continue...A personal vibe must take place.

Having confidence will make it easier to do the rest of the respect-generating activities listed here. Because confidence is a result of having strong self-respect, you will live with a power that will draw people in and lead to gaining their respect. If you value yourself, your skills and your contributions, you will set the tone for respectful relationships.Think about it- it works.

Find out what it means to me


Till next week- practice long tones everyday and make your part
of the community we so love something to respect.

THIS WEEKS BLOG- Is dedicated to Arnie Krakowsky ,a player the world should know. Check him out and enjoy his playing. He is an unsung master jazz player. And, someone I proudly respect- for not only his creative playing but his respect for the music, and people.

ALSO ; Check out WARDELL GREY. A lot!! Everything he played- deserves your attention-and respect,

Wardell Gray - Art Farmer 1952 ~ Farmer's Market

Till next week-Be creative, healthy, and kind.
~ Tim Price

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