.. And even if you do, there’s no guarantee.

So what does it mean to have a career in Music?

I know that for many of you reading this, the answer would be a record deal, touring, wedding band in Melbourne ,sell-out performances, video’s, paparazzi and fame.

I’m not here to discourage those dreams.

On the contrary, in order to be successful in a music career, you have to foster dreams and have a strong desire to follow them.

You need to visualise and imagine exactly the life you want and then you need to take steps toward that life, no matter what your age or background.

However, where those steps lead you is anyone’s guess.

It may take some soul searching to understand and be honest about your desires in music.

If you simply desire recognition and fame and are using music to fulfil that dream, I strongly suggest you stop now because either you will feel like you are banging your head against a wall or you will achieve fame and not feel happy with where you end up.

If you want music in your life because it makes you feel good and you just want to feel that way in your work and career then please read on.

In Sung-bong Choi’s very difficult life he discovered one thing capable of taking him out of his daily hardship and worries and make him “feel like a different person”.  That thing is music and specifically singing.

All of us experience difficult times in our lives.  I, and just about every other musician I’ve ever spoken to, agree that music and its practice has provided a refuge,  a safe, nurturing place we can be in whenever we choose and a place that belongs to each of us exclusively. That is one of the things we love about it and one reason we choose to keep it a focal point in our lives.

Even if you don’t practice music, I think you can relate to that feeling.

It’s important to acknowledge this aspect of music, it’s life-enhancing qualities every time we practice or listen to it because it helps us to become better interpreters and practitioners of the Art.

In the beginning of this video, Sung-bong Choi says “I don’t sing very well.”

I just want to bring this to your attention as a case of the Inner Critic talking and how unhelpful this part of us is when it comes to playing music.  Here is a clear case of the Critic’s failure to hear the truth of our ability and why it is important to understand your own Critic and not let it stop you from pursuing your dreams.

The human spirit never ceases to amaze me.

In Sung-bong Choi’s case, despite his terrible and lonely beginnings, there was something inside him which managed to get him to school, to get him singing and eventually find his way.

Each one of us has that spirit within, and we need to trust and acknowledge that inner intelligence we are born with.  This intelligence knows what is best for us and is there to help us direct our lives.

I know it’s not always easy to hear or to follow that special part of us but it’s worth beginning to think about.

What is your essential Self and what does it want for you?

In order to find the answer to this question, you simply need to listen, without judgment or critique to your true, inner voice.

Sung-bong Choi says “I’m not a good singer, but I just like it.”

Here you can see the two sides of him, his Critic, who says he is no good at singing and his Inner Musician who says he just likes it.

If Sung-bong Choi let his Critic take over his life, as many of us do, he would not have performed on this show.  Instead, he has been able to listen to his true Inner voice, which simply says, “I just like it”.

That is the voice each of us needs to learn to listen to.  It’s the simple, truthful voice within us because it can help us immensely.

Why do you think the audience was moved to tears when Sung-bong Choi sang?  Was it because they felt sorry for him?

Absolutely not.

If you watch his performance, you can feel his total involvement with the music.  You can feel his honest passion and his presence in every note.

This is something which cannot be faked and we, as the audience, know this authenticity when we see it and hear it.

Such a performance provokes a strong emotion because it’s truthful, honest, heart-felt and a very precious commodity in this day and age.  We cry because many of us are starved of the connection this type of performance gives us and we also cry out of gratitude and relief for being brought to that place.


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