Here is my second post.....
I have a strong interest in reviving this forum, mostly because the old KR forum was such an surprisingly inspiring and thought provoking place.
Anyone with experience chime in. I've been thinking about how to maintain personal inspiration and interest in music, especially jazz.
Many teachers I've had have been embittered and somewhat jaded about music (most likely because of where I live). Would you choose to study with these guys anyway? What role does a teacher serve in inspiring creativity versus just giving information? Should you love their playing?
As jazz musicians (or any musicians really), how do we find a positive community to create if many of us are bitter? I've struggled with this since starting to play jazz. Guys either have day jobs (like me) that exhaust them so they have no time or energy, or they are so desperate for money they won't play unless they are getting paid.
The scene here (Utah) is filled with egos and bitterness, but I haven't the money to leave, and I am concerned this is not a problem unique to Utah, but to all of America really.....thoughts appreciated on any of the above.