This week, our daughter Bailey took us out to The Station Inn in downtown Nashville. It’s a bare bones local music venue, but one with a great history. On Monday night’s the group “The Time Jumpers” play classic country music – mostly Western Swing, and the great thing about the event is the performers. The band is made up of some of the most talented studio players & performers in Nashville, with folks like Vince Gill sitting in as well. In fact, during the performance, Elvis Costello showed up to play a few great country numbers himself. The atmosphere is great. Mostly locals, who have paid only $10 at the door. A bar in the back. No bodyguards or security. The performers – including Vince – all carry their own
instruments and amps, and during the breaks, wander out into the audience to simply have a beer or hang out.
This is what happens when passion is more important than money. The performers can’t be paid much, so they’re not doing it for money. They’re doing it simply for the love of music. The audience is appreciative, the band is having a ball, and it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever experienced.
As a great example, as I write this, our daughter Bailey Cooke – a roots musician herself – is moving into a small backyard guest house in Nashville. It’s not much, but at only $250 a month, it will allow her to focus on her music, rather than working all the time to pay her rent. You can hear a bit of her new album here.
What about your own life? Do you live for passion or money? Obviously we want to pay our bills and be financially successful. But when you focus on money, it doesn’t take long to forget your real passion. Why did you get into your work? What drives you?
Whatever it is, don’t lose touch with your passion, because passion is what fuels great a performance.