I absolutely love playing music and I wanted to share why. Here are some of the benefits of playing music that I experience every day. I am grateful that music is in my life and that I get to share it with so many wonderful people.
Let’s Get Physical
Playing music requires physical movement. As a drummer, I play the most physical of all musical instruments. Although it’s no substitution for a balanced workout (cardio & strength training), it is a great workout nonetheless. I am very “wired”, so drumming allows me to have a physical outlet to release my energy.
Antisocial is Cool
Although I am an extrovert, sometimes I just don’t feel like dealing with people. When I play music with others, there is no need to talk much (even in rehearsal), yet it’s a great opportunity to connect with people. Sometimes the greatest connection with another person is an unspoken connection that you just feel. I share this with everyone that I play music with.
No Punching Walls
As a child, I had anger management challenges…amongst many other mental/emotional/behavioral challenges. I would take my anger out physically by punching walls and destroying things. As an adult, my anger issues have become internal…I shut down. Playing music allows me to let out my anger in a positive way. I can express my emotions freely.
Getting Stuck in The Moment
When I play drums, I lose track of time. I get caught up in the moment. This is where real magic happens and memories get created. I love reminiscing about performances with people. We own those memories forever.
Paying the Bills
Last, but not least, I love playing music because it pays my bills. It feels great to have a job that is pure recreation…except for when I’m stuck in traffic.