Poll: why do you play?

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by MrWookiee, Jul 31, 2021.

Why do you play/perform?

  1. To pay the bills

    3 vote(s)
  2. To emulate <my hero>

    6 vote(s)
  3. For the sheer joy of music

    79 vote(s)
  4. For therapy or stress relief

    47 vote(s)
  5. The world needs me

    6 vote(s)
  6. Other (leave a comment)

    18 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I found a few things besides motorcycles and instruments and as I think about today it has a lot to do with shifting my focus. To ride on and even more off road I have to shift my focus to what I am doing the terrain the path to take etc, music os a shift to how to play what to play where do my fingers go. I painted ceramics for a bit and I could loose an entire day looking through a mad fort and scrapping and painting small detail. Literally started at 0600 once and my wife was yelling get to bed at midnight. I don’t think I even remembered to eat but it was such a nice break from the work I did at the time. I slept great! Instruments is a similar shift in focus but I can’t lose myself in it simply because I still can’t play at a level that allows that, it is still a lot of work but different enough that fifteen minutes can eliminates hours of stress! Other for me as well.
  2. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    Or to play and sing songs about “the way she woos me,” or Something like that, ask George.
  3. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    You gotta know the people that marked "Other" are only in it for the groupies, right?
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  4. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    @MrWookiee here's something else very important you'd forgotten: share music with friends (or with other people who might become friends).

    Gathering to play and listen to each others or only listen was a major social experience before music became a mass consumption market.
  5. NJDevil

    NJDevil Synchromatic

    Jul 9, 2014
    Commack, NY
    My answer was the sheer joy of music but it really extends far beyond that. My love for music started really young and came from a musical household....everyone had their own type so I was exposed to a lot.....this includes Supertramp, Bat Out Of Hell on 8-track, Sinatra, and REO Speedwagon, Bluegrass, Big Band/'40s, and Broadway tunes. Me? Anything from BB KIng to Men At Work.

    The guitar grabbed me though. I was mesmerized. I knew very quickly that listening wouldn't be enough and that I needed to be a part of it.

    So really my reason is the combo of loving music and the need to create.
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  6. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    The voices in my head make me do it.
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  7. JHowdy

    JHowdy Country Gent

    Nov 16, 2013
    For therapy/stress relief & Other reason: For Ol' Times Sake. It used to be fun to play in a band.
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  8. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Other = It’s what I do. My brain seems to need it.
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  9. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Sheer joy and stress relief. It's also just fun to improve your playing.
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  10. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Because there is too much that I cannot express with words
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  11. O Riley

    O Riley Synchromatic

    I seem to remember being around seven years old, and just mucking about the house.
    My father kept his old nylon string guitar under his bed. Now, its one thing getting caught in his and my mom's bedroom. But damn, getting caught fooling with his guitar!

    I thought for sure I was dead and done for. He looked at me and I looked at him. What are you doing?
    Fearing for my life, I was frozen stiff, I mumbled, "nothing"...

    Give it here and follow me. Off to the living room. I prepared myself for the inevitable whipping.
    He had me sit next to him and asked, so...you want to play guitar?
    That's where I learned to play my first G, D and A chords.

    Although I did receive the sharp sting and indelible teaching from his belt for numerous misbehavior's.
    But never for playing that old nylon string guitar.
  12. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    It’s in the blood now!
    Formed & played in my first punk rock band when I was 15 years old.
    Never stopped! Still playing in a dirty Rock’n’Roll band at the age of 55. Ive had highs & lows… earned money out of it & also lost money because of it..
    Sacrificed a “real job” career all my life for the sake of playing in bands.. Guess I sold my soul to it!
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  13. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I’m not sure. A bit of everything except the paying the bills part I suppose. The “other” part is(was really) the engineering or mechanical aspect, a compulsive drive to find out what makes guitars tick.
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  14. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Enjoyment for me, even if I was getting paid to play the minute it stopped being fun would be the time I'd pull the pin.

    That and at the end of the day I have to spend my money and time on something, used to be cars and guitars but family life and budget constraints has stopped the cars from being built so now it's just guitars.
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  15. Roy Clark

    Roy Clark Synchromatic

    Jun 16, 2017
    Bat cave.
  16. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    Because it's as complex as engineering but with far fewer rules. Plus it sounds nice.
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  17. juks

    juks Synchromatic

    Nov 26, 2020
    Fremont, California
    For my own enjoyment. And love of music. Lots of good memories related to playing. By now it's just for my own enjoyment.
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  18. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    I don't know that "joy" is the right word, but for the purposes of the poll it'll do. "Obsession" might actually be more accurate!
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  19. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    Perhaps the best answer, so far.
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  20. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Because otherwise I’d have to sell them
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