Tuesday, June 5, 2012

What I'm Thinking Right Now








It's been a while since I last wrote in my blog, but trying to be the stronghold of many things at one time can be a bit challenging.
It's Life and all, but it can get a little crazy.

Well, whats on my mind today? A few things, and i wanted to address them so that people will have a full understanding for what I'm about to say.

First, I wanna start off by saying, who gave musicians, Older ones, the right to look down and talk to younger musicians any way they feel?
It's mind boggling because for one, if you have a bunch of talent and your gifted, To me, I believe God gave you that talent to perform and be able to share and give back to a younger generation.
He did not give you the gift and say, Ok, now that your amazing in many eyes, go out and act a fool, as if every young talented person is beneath you.
NO NO NO…. 
Your suppose to embrace a young and hungry one, give them the chance and opportunity to grow, the same way someone did for you.
I don't get why people like the idea of having some crew suck up to them, telling them what to do, and how to play and what not to say. I will never get that.
Just like I was brought in, that person was giving back valuable information that led me to the path of leading folks myself, but only to become a true leader for their own operation one day soon.

Some cats end up playing on gigs, they are surrounded by a crew of yes people, the gig is high profile, but once your back home, its over, maybe to some degree its added to your legacy, but it lets be fair here, its really not giving you the reason to feel like your some type of Pope, Chancellor, President, or whatever.
Your not doing anything special by coming home and dressing fly and looking down over a younger generation.

In my eyes, your not setting a good and honest example that others have set for you before you were even thinking of becoming whatever you call yourself to be now.

I guess your wondering what happened to make me write this? Cool I'll tell you.

I just witnessed a scene at a "JAM SESSION"  and that clearly means you are playing at free will, not on a gig, under the instruction by a "MD" just having fun, playing some whack cover tunes or whatever you do at a jam session.

How does it come to the point where you are instructing cats what to play and how to play it?
It really bothered me because it wasn't like some kind of learning shed where your trying to school somebody on how to play something, if you wanna tell people what to do and have them like a slave, like you been doing all your playing career, then get your own stage, your own gig, and your own band!
Don't come to a public place where cats are waiting to get on and play and have fun. Don't do it.. and if your gonna even come to such a place and your so called respected by what you do…. then just play and shut the fuck up man…nobody wants  to play with a drill sargent at a damn jam session… if you want your own exclusive one, then start it.

That situation made me realize who I am and what I'm about man, its sad….I'm from a generation of some really talented cats and thats a big understatement by far. But again, it doesn't give us the right to treat this younger generation of musicians a certain way.
Here's a few pointers…
Instead of trying to be this so called leader…realize that, information you hold in your stupid ass brain can help others, and also know that there is a way of communicating to  people, that you can be assertive without looking like a dick.

I have this thing where, people respect what I do, its for a reason, and that's all i can do is continue using this gift that God gave me. In situations where there is any kind of dispute of doubt of… my work can do the talking.
I won't have to argue with someone to get a point across. The way i see it…. If your dope and  we are in eachother's presence, then thats enough for me.. i don't really need to tell you anything at all, But i can show you my path, only because I was before you.. and that your talent alone will help you catch up and get to the point of being a dope musician, or whatever you want to be. That's what you do with a younger dope cat, just show them the lane… and let their talent do the rest!

On the other side of things…Imagine being in the industry… and your doing a bunch of visual things for people to see.

In this time and age, entertainers, producers, and singers are more accessible through social media platforms, giving a hands on connection to people you wouldn't be able to contact a few years back.

You could say something like, hey man, lets work, here's a link to my music… check me out.

It's that easy right? Right.
So that moment when someone reaches out to you and your already at a point where you are known for working with an elite crew of people………….And they send you links to their music, and it's mediocre! How do you break it to them without them feeling like, man, this guy thinks he's better then me, blah blah blah…….It's pretty simple, everybody started from somewhere at some point in their life, and there is always room for growth, but you have to come in it with something, someone has to see and hear something special in your, and todays time. it's easy as clicking on a link they sent you and if its good, its good, if it has potential, then thats another way in to building something… but if its right off the top bad…then what else can you do.

You can't be the savior for everybody, you can't just take in talent just because.

If your talented and have a special gift… Believe that In some kind of way, your gonna be doing what it is you love, when you don't force things and feel like your suppose to be doing something you think you should, then it happens with no time.
 Thats all…
Be good peoples… enjoy your summer!
Bilal on a salad Break....
Not really being Innovative, but creating a sound of my own
Taking a break watching Magic City on starz
Tracking in the studio.. of course
Tone Whitfield Bass
Recording the New Bilal Album




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