Harmonica Heroes: THE STUDENT AND HIS MASTERS
There are many times we believe we are alone in what we do. We forget all those who have made who we are to be a daily reality.
We must think hard and remember carefully the many times challenges that have come our way and the many souls who have made it possible for us to make it through those times of hardship and frustration which eventually have turned to success only because somewhere deep inside we have the answer an answer given to us many years ago or just yesterday by another friend brother or mentor.
Think on this for a moment and you will remember the many moments, thoughts and ideas we have been beneficiaries of. Harmonica a very small instrument and yet very complicated and very rich with dynamics, dynamics that take many years to understand and discover. Teachers who have spent many years and discovered the secrets of these instruments and are willing to share them with us are the difference. David Barrett, Kenya Pollard and Joe Felisko were the ones in my life who made the difference. I am in a place today I would never be in if it wasn’t for their insights and many years of practice they put into the instrument and are willing to share with us those insights we need and would take us years to discover on our own. Yes we must put those same years in ourselves to become great at playing this very simple instrument, but their input works in our hearts, souls and minds and gives us the power to leapfrog into playing as we never imagined we would. Something that would not have been possible without the input these players have given us.
Take a moment and reach out to those who have made a difference to you and let them know that without them your road would have been longer and harder and you may have never reached the other side. Remember and be grateful.
Reach out and thank them. They may need the input and you and you will grow in understanding when you stop and think for a while.