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Steve Wilson: Lifetime of Study

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SW: I think it's possible—it's very possible. We are in the midst of a cultural shift; some say a cultural war. The students will have to figure that out. It is a lifetime study. I tell students, "This is a marathon, not a sprint!" And a lot of it is who is left standing when you are 70 or 80, like a Jon Hendricks. You could become a star at 25, but you might not be a star at 30. So you need to be prepared when you aren't a star and what's going to carry you the rest of the way. There is a real ebb and flow in terms of what we perceive as success. But real success is when you have the tools and resolve to keep practicing your craft when nobody is looking. But I do think it's possible. It will be hard for some to shake the cultural tendency to say, "If I don't make it by the time I'm 25, then I don't want to do this." But some will figure it out, and I do think we will be in good shape musically.

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