• Renewing The Eagle Musician Within

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    Today, our focus is on renewing the musician within.

    I don’t know about you, but it inspires me each time I look around, and see great musicians whose careers have spanned several decades still firing on relentlessly.

    They are really worth the admiration because in the course of their career, some had fallen by the way side, others gave up, a greater number have excuses for quitting, yet having seen a lot, they still kept afloat the turbulent water of career.

    There’s only one explanation to the reason why a vast majority of gospel musicians in the 80s aren’t so influential in the 2000s and you’ll find that out in today’s post.

    In a previous post, we talked about the eagle and highlighted its beautiful properties from nobility to strength, courage, determination and other leadership virtues.

    Although these qualities are important and rare, in today’s post, we are looking at how the eagle renews itself.

    The Rebirth Of The Eagle

    The eagle as an animal lives for twenty to forty years. I’m aware that some eagles that are caged can live for up to fifty years, but the generally accepted biological life span of the eagle is forty years.

    “When The Eagle Grows Old…”

    As the eagle grows older, after undergoing various cycles of growth and maturity, it eventually gets to a point where the eagle gets old.

    Its wings become heavy and its talons and beak get weak.

    Consequently, its beak gets bent and begins to lose the ability to devour preys, its talons get weak and can no longer grasp with so much precision. In addition to that, soaring moves from being challenging to being because of heavy wings with so much feathers.

    At this point, the eagle is left with two options, either to renew itself or to die.

    “…Either It Renews Itself Or It Dies”

    For eagle that chooses to die, that’s the end of the road, while for the eagle that chooses to renew herself, this is the beginning of a process that would change the life of the eagle forever.

    “Here’s what this renewal process looks like…”

    The eagle travels very high into the sky to her nest on the mountains. There, she passes through a painful 150 day process of hitting her beak on the rock until it wears out and starts growing again.

    After renewing its beak, she plucks her old talons and starts regrowing them again. Finally, she completes the process by using her beak to remove her old feathers and regrow them.

    Through this painful five months process, the eagle is able to renew itself. Beyond that, the life of the eagle is extended by 30 years, which is 75 percent increase in life expectancy.

    Renewing The Musician Within

    There will come a point in your career [as a musician] when you’ll grow old in the things that set you apart from the rest.

    I’m talking about a point where new and vast information is gradually replacing what you used to know and everyone is leaving you behind as the old and craving for the new, contemporary, and trendy.

    Here are some of the questions that keep crossing my mind each time I ponder on this subject:

    “Some of the great musicians of the 60s and 70s, where were they in the 80s and 90s?”

    What really happened to the great names of the 80s and 90s that we no longer hear of in the 2000s?” 

    Just like the eagle, you and I grow old in what we’re doing. A few people who stay longer than others are those who take the decision to renew the musician within them.

    Renewing the eagle musician is a painful but rewarding process.

    Think about the interval between the wearing out of the old and the renewal, which could vary from one musician to the other. A period you’ll have to wear out the old approach of playing those chords, you have to unlearn the things you’re already familiar with, so you can relearn.

    Do you realize what it costs for the eagle to remove her old feathers [that once made her beautiful]? Nevertheless, she has to do it so that she can live longer.

    Attention: If the eagle can extend her life by thirty years, you and I can increase our years of relevance in our respective careers by a whooping 75 percent, if only we can renew the musician within.

    Final Words

    “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31

    Dear musician,

    • Are you ready to renew the eagle-musician within?
    • Are you ready to undergo that painful 150-day process that would renew the eagle musician within you and extend your years of relevance by a whooping 75 percent?

    If your answer to any of the questions above is yes, then I want to encourage you to take a bold step today – not tomorrow!

    • Invest in new books,
    • Invest in new video courses,
    • Invest in workshops, seminars, symposiums, etc.

    From our last mental trip through space, we learned that information is inexhaustible, consequently, learning never ends. Irrespective of who you are or how far you’ve gone, you need a renewal of the musician within.

    Pick up new techniques, tools, tips, and tricks that would renew the musician within you and take you to the next level.

    All the best and I’ll be talking to you soon.

     

    P.S.

    There’s a school of thought that the rebirth of the eagle is mythical. This school of thought has gone as far as giving scientific facts that prove the rebirth of the eagle wrong.

    Whether true or not, I care less. If this post serves as an encouragement to anyone who is feeling old and left behind, then I’m fulfilled.

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    Hello, I'm Chuku Onyemachi (aka - "Dr. Pokey") - a musicologist, pianist, author, clinician and Nigerian. Inspired by my role model Jermaine Griggs, I started teaching musicians in my neighborhood in April 2005. Today, I'm privileged to work as the head of education, music consultant, and chief content creator with HearandPlay Music Group sharing my wealth of knowledge with hundreds of thousands of musicians across the world.

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    { 2 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Jaime

    Hi, Chuku:
    One question: What about the “16 Weeks” Serie. It remains “unfinished”, like some symphonies…
    Best wishes,
    Jaime

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    2 bidemi

    Quite encouraging!

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