All About Jazz

Home » Articles » The Jazz Life

12

Does Talent Matter?

Peter Rubie By

Sign in to view read count
I'd argue that artistic success is true admiration from one's peers. It's hard won and not often bestowed on the popular (though there are obvious exceptions). Charlie Parker, for example, considered one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, was not hugely popular among audiences at the time. Louis Armstrong had to completely reinvent himself from the hip "young lion" of Weatherbird and Struttin' With Some BarBQ, to the entertainer famous for his role in the movie High Society, and Hello Dolly. But their art has remained relevant over time, a great test of good art.

There is no separating talent from the other qualities, it's just one piece of a complex puzzle. And at some point, becoming the "best" at whatever you do becomes replaced by a realization that talent is really about our commitment to undertake an inner journey and share some of the treasures we find. In the case of my novelist friend he decided he didn't want it (whatever "it" is) badly enough to really work to get where he needed to be.

In the end, I think "talent" is about the determination to discover who we are, and what we want to say and the effort to do it as well as we can. It is, what it is, nothing more or less. The real challenge is to say something unique and honest, and say it with grace and energy. After that, it's in the lap of the gods whether or not others connect with it.

Photo credit: Mosaic Images, LLC

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Does Talent Matter? The Jazz Life
Does Talent Matter?
by Peter Rubie
Published: October 6, 2018
Read Growing Older Jazzfully The Jazz Life
Growing Older Jazzfully
by Peter Rubie
Published: August 22, 2018
Read The Little Metal Buddha The Jazz Life
The Little Metal Buddha
by Spike Wilner
Published: June 26, 2018
Read Indecent Heroes and All That Jazz The Jazz Life
Indecent Heroes and All That Jazz
by Peter Rubie
Published: May 15, 2018
Read Intermission Riff: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Cat The Jazz Life
Intermission Riff: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Cat
by Anthony Glass
Published: April 16, 2018
Read Getting Past (E)Go The Jazz Life
Getting Past (E)Go
by Peter Rubie
Published: March 21, 2018
Read "Growing Older Jazzfully" The Jazz Life Growing Older Jazzfully
by Peter Rubie
Published: August 22, 2018
Read "Indecent Heroes and All That Jazz" The Jazz Life Indecent Heroes and All That Jazz
by Peter Rubie
Published: May 15, 2018
Read "Getting Past (E)Go" The Jazz Life Getting Past (E)Go
by Peter Rubie
Published: March 21, 2018
Read "Does Talent Matter?" The Jazz Life Does Talent Matter?
by Peter Rubie
Published: October 6, 2018
Read "The Little Metal Buddha" The Jazz Life The Little Metal Buddha
by Spike Wilner
Published: June 26, 2018