You Can't Make Your Music Good...

By Ron Rosenberg

One of the most influential guitarists of the late 20th century was Michael Hedges. His playing style has been described as innovative, groundbreaking, and violent. Having seen him play several times, I can confirm that all three of these are accurate.

His music transcended anything that had ever been done with a guitar before, and he was extremely passionate in his performances. This is the guy who once said, "I play the guitar because it lets me dream out loud."

You can see what I'm talking about by clicking on the video below:

Michael Hedges - Aerial Boundaries

Sadly, a car accident in 1997 ended his life at the age of 43. I can only imagine what he might have created musically if he were with us today.

I came across a quote of his that seems to be particularly relevant to the challenges many of our subscribers are facing:

"You can't make your music good. You can't try to be good. You can try to be present and you can try to remain open so what is going to speak to you can speak through you."

There are too many people who are racing through life - concerned that if they don't move enough, they'll miss out on opportunities. I think it's exactly the opposite: moving too quickly prevents you from seeing the opportunities that are all around you.

Perhaps we should listen to Michael Hedges when he recommends that we "be present and remain open so what is going to speak to you can speak through you."