Money: For the Musician. 

 

That which separates the 'Haves' and the 'Have-nots'… but what is money to a musician?

 

Half of the ones I know are in debt, and have little savings. Some have no savings at all. Less than 10% can fund 1 year of their retirement from their career as musicians. Is the Music Business evaporating? Is it already dead? Well, I wouldn’t be here if the later and former were true…!!

 

You see, am in a great mood so am going to put out some secrets I know about MONEY for the musicians out there. Many of us just have a flawed understanding about money and music. Is it a medium of exchange for goods and services? 70 bob for a song and 100 for an Album? Or is money an intangible security or happiness, a peace of mind?

 

A third and difficult perspective for many musicians to grasp is that MONEY may actually be a measuring device. You see, how much money you accumulate is not a function of who is president, or the economy or bubbles busting…or bad breaks or bosses. IT’S ABOUT the WORK ETHIC. In fact, let me pour out broken pieces of glasses for the barefooted ‘Gospel’ musicians. Yes. I said it…  the musician who is either born again or just thinks he/ she is born again because they are ‘being used of God’ in a ministry somewhere… The deepest longing of every human soul is for peace. And I can say many of these fellows don’t have peace and they don’t distribute it either. They gossip the Church and the Pastors, They are gossiped about …and the vicious cycle continues….hah…

There are many ways in which the supreme good may be represented, but perhaps none of them is so lovely, and exercises such universal fascination of attraction, as that which presents it in the form of rest. It is an eloquent testimony to the unrest which tortures every heart that the promise of peace should to all seem so fair.

Decide to Work and invest in your Family’s future. Take responsibility for those actions.

Patience, knowledge, Skill and sacrifice. All these things have ONE thing in common: CHOICES. Money is not peace of mind but it can give you some, neither is it happiness…

Money, to the musician., at it’s very definition, that mesure of  MUSICIAN’S CHOICES,.

 

Let’s chew and ruminate on 1 Thessalonians 3. 6 for a bit.  

2 Thessalonians 2King James Version (KJV)

2 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,  2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and workWORK

Listen.

3:6-15 Those who have received the gospel, are to live according to the gospel. Such as could work, and would not, were not to be maintained in idleness. Christianity is not to countenance slothfulness, which would consume what is meant to encourage the industrious, and to support the sick and afflicted. Industry in our callings as men, is a duty required by our calling as Christians. But some expected to be maintained in idleness, and indulged a curious and conceited temper. They meddled with the concerns of others, and did much harm. It is a great error and abuse of religion, to make it a cloak for idleness or any other sin. The servant who waits for the coming of his Lord aright, must be working as his Lord has commanded. If we are idle, the devil and a corrupt heart will soon find us somewhat to do. The mind of man is a busy thing; if it is not employed in doing good, it will be doing evil. It is an excellent, but rare union, to be active in our own business, yet quiet as to other people's. If any refused to labour with quietness, they were to note him with censure, and to separate from his company, yet they were to seek his good by loving admonitions. The Lords is with you while you are with him. Hold on your way, and hold on to the end. We must never give over, or tire in our work. It will be time enough to rest when we come to heaven.

 

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