A Serious Life
Video Number 38 in the Free Improvisation Video Series
by Eddie Lewis
I've been a lot more pensive lately, reflecting on recent events and then prompted to look back at my career. I am a serious musician. I have always found it difficult to play the clown in performances...in order to entertain people. I do it. It's part of my job, but lately I've been thinking about how it detracts from my music. I am a serious person and my music is real, not entertainment. When I have to play the fool, I am out of my idiom and my music suffers.
Fortunately, I have had many opportunities in my career to be serious and perform IN my idiom. So I am not bitter. I am thankful. Just reflecting on my life and career.
And that's what this video reflects, is my thoughts about a serious life as a musician.
I do believe a time is coming soon when people will hunger for serious music. I remain true to myself today, and maybe more people will be interested in my music tomorrow.