Thinking Out Loud – Dealing With Reunions

“You still doing that music thing of yours?”

That is one question I hear to often. Whether the reunion is with the family, family, acquaintances, etc. you can never escape it. Doesn’t matter if it at a party or a funeral, people will always question the idea that you are still pursuing a career in music.

Usually, when you answer yes, the next thing that will happen is a look of disappointment or a lecture on how you should change career paths.

Raise your hand if you have ever experienced this.

Frankly, I find it funny that music as a career choice is one of the most criticized. Unless you are a famous rock star making a lot of money, people judge your career path as more of a hobby – no matter how much you enjoy it. I don’t go up to a friend who studied science in college and asked if they’ve cured cancer yet. So why are people so quick to judge the success of a musician?

I wanted to post this during the holidays to know how everyone else deals with this. Otherwise..

Just thinking out loud.

Author: Bryan M. Waring

Bryan Waring is a graduate of USM's School of Music with a B.M. in Performance – Composition and is now attending Belmont University for a M.M. in Commercial Media – Composition & Arranging. During his time at USM, he studied violin with Dino Liva and composition with Dr. Daniel Sonenberg, as well as has premiered several pieces during the semiannual Composer's Ensemble concert series. In 2017, Bryan was a writer for the original musical theater work of "Molded By The Flow," directed by Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert. Outside of school, Bryan has been involved with writing music for videogame developers at Portland's CI2 Lab, collaborating with the King Tide Party, and studying with Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs) in San Diego. Now living in Nashville. Along with composing, Bryan teaches music to children, receiving the Master Teacher Award for his work at ESF Camps; and does audio engineering for live ensembles. Besides talents in music, Bryan is a team-player in any competitive work environment; equipped with skills in leadership, organization, mathematics, creativity, communication, and managing. On the side, Bryan has worked as a model for several skilled artists in the New England area. Among his other accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in April 2013 with a project of building a side parking area with guide rails for Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, CT.

One thought on “Thinking Out Loud – Dealing With Reunions”

  1. You shouldn’t worry about what other people think of your career choice…it’s your choice not there’s. I find that people often discourage others because of jealousy. They often wish they had the courage to pursue their dreams. Follow yours, never give up…the rewards are waiting for you ❤️


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