Plug-in and Turn-up! - Divinity Roxx

I meet so many people who say:

“Oh, I wish I could play bass,” or “oh, when I was little I used to play the [insert instrument here], but I quit and I always wish I could start again.”

On and on they go reminiscing or imagining picking up an instrument and expressing themselves through it.

My advice is usually the same, “its never too late,” I say, or “go buy a bass and I’ll show you some things.”

I’m not just saying that to be polite. I really mean it. If you want to play an instrument, pick it up and play. It really is that simple. I know. You want to be good. You don’t want to embarrass yourself.  You see some of your favorite players rockin’ out and you want to be as good as they are. Let me let you in a on a little secret: NOBODY ever picks up an instrument and sounds great the first time they play it! Well, there are some exceptions but the reality is this: If you really want to be great at it, you have to pick it up first. If you’re not trying to make a living at it, screw being great. Just pick it up, play and have fun. Get together with some friends and sing badly and play badly and just HAVE FUN. This is supposed to be fun right?

I often have to remind myself that I PLAY music because its fun! I didn’t start playing bass as a little kid. I picked up the bass guitar in my twenties and fell in LOVE. That love is what’s fueled me to sit and play boring scales to a metronome for hours, or work on a Jaco Pastorius lick until my fingers cramped, or actually believe I could make a living playing bass guitar. Yes, the bass has taken me around the world, and yes I am pretty good at it. But I SUCK on guitar, and my drum skills are, well, let me tell you, I won’t be playing any gigs on drums. But I LOVE playing drums and when I want to have some fun, I let loose and pretend I’m Dave Grohl playing ‘Teen Spirit’ and I bang the crap outta the drums, singing and screaming at the same time.

It’s a release. I need that. I think everyone does. Bob Marley said, “one good thing about music is when it hits, you feel no pain.”

And don’t we feel enough pain in our regular lives with our jobs and our problems and our worries?

Wouldn’t it be nice to just let that stuff go?

I was recently on the set of  “The Soul Man” a television show on TV Land featuring Cedric the Entertainer. I loved the fact that the lighting and crew guys get together on lunch break and play in a little make-shift band room they built upstairs. It was pretty awesome! These guys have careers as lighting and crew guys on TV but when they get a chance, they’d rather play ‘Superstitious’ by Stevie Wonder than eat. THAT is what its all about.

Watch the video below. It’s completely and totally AWESOME!

So, next time you have the thought that you wanna play an instrument, don’t just think about it.

Save up a couple hundred bucks, go to your local music store or Pawn Shop, drop the cash, go home and as they say, TURN-UP!