Archived 12-03

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“My Life’s Work”

By Larry John

 

If money weren't an issue…if all jobs paid the same…if I could choose to "work" at anything I wanted…what would my "life's work" be? Good question.

 

I know it’s a good question because I don’t immediately know the answer.  And now I have to “think about it”.

 

Well, that didn’t work so well. I have been sitting here at my computer “thinking about it” for more than 20 minutes now, and every time I think I have the answer, another “life’s work” answer pops in my mind. It is not that the other answer was bad or wrong; it is that the new answer intrigues me too. I have decided that “If money weren't an issue…if all jobs paid the same…if I could choose to "work" at anything I wanted…what would my "life's work" be?”…Can’t be answered definitively…at least I can’t answer that question with ONE answer…at least not yet.

 

Now in order for ME to play the “mind game,” having ALL possibilities open to me is just too many. I have to word the question differently so that I can answer the question as it is presented. This is what I have to do first. I have to say… If money weren't an issue…if all jobs paid the same…and if I could choose ONLY ONE THING as my "life's work" …what would it be? Now I can start to answer. It is like I am a kid in a candy store. I want ALL the candy. But, if you tell me I can only have ONE piece of candy, which would it be? That makes the decision making process easier, NOT harder. Once again LESS is BEST.

 

If money weren't an issue…if all jobs paid the same…if I could choose to "work" at anything I wanted…what would my "life's work" be? I think I would want to be a drummer in a Rock group that played only in ONE small bar, so we never had to “tote” equipment, working as many nights a week as I wanted, playing as many hours a night as I wanted, playing with incredibly talented musicians (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboards with Hammond organ and Leslie, bass, 2 trumpets, trombone, tenor sax, baritone sax) who were friends first, playing any kind of music we wanted, as loud and as long as we wanted, working for bar managers who loved our music, playing in a band with incredible vocal harmonies, where anyone of the vocalists could sing lead, where the crowd were all my closest friends who would dance, scream, yell, and always be extremely high, but never drunk, playing on the worlds best set of drums, tuned perfectly, with 6 of the crispest and shiniest cymbals and any percussion accessories I wanted and needed, playing the most perfect “fills” and funk beats, with a bass drum that would make your heart stop every time I “kicked” it, in a bar that was acoustically perfect, on a stage that had plenty of room but still small enough to keep the band close, with a pro running the mixing board who had an ear for mixing that made the band sound perfectly mixed as if it were a recording, with BIG wind fans blowing cool air on the band making sweating an extremely sensual experience, never getting tired, getting happier and happier with every song, being able to wear any kind of clothes we wanted depending on OUR mood that evening, with plenty to drink and eat of whatever we wanted at the time, with a band that would let ONLY the musicians “we wanted” sit in to add new sounds and licks from time to time, and being able to sleep till NOON in the world’s fanciest HOTEL with incredible food and room service, and being able to spend hours a day in steam rooms, hot tubs, being out in the sun with the most incredible tan, having my friends and family with me 24/7 and never getting tired of being with them nor they with me, and never having to practice the songs we played, but just “hearing” and then “playing,” never playing the songs the same way twice, but always “tight,” yet different to “spice” it up, looking for a “tastier” way to play each song each and every time.

 

If money weren't an issue…if all jobs paid the same…if I could choose to "work" at anything I wanted…what would my "life's work" be?

 

I would live ON earth IN Rock and Roll Heaven. And the beat goes on!

 

Think about it.