It's never too late


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In this episode Monica digs into some of the struggles and rewards of learning to play music as an adult and reiterate that it’s truly, never too late. She offers insights and solutions to help adults navigate struggles in the areas of Time and Energy, Motivation, Ability to Learn, and Physical struggles.

What I found about music is that it calls to you. You may be able to ignore it for a while in fact you may be able to ignore that calling for a lifetime but what I found from talking to people over and over and over again is that there’s this little voice that tells them that they want to play music and they may not understand why and they may not understand how but they know that they want to do it.
— Monica Shriver
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
— Ira Glass
Monica playing bass with the Faculty Misfits in 2017, thanks to Wes Hawkins for the photo!

Monica playing bass with the Faculty Misfits in 2017, thanks to Wes Hawkins for the photo!

Monica Shriver