This mama had a child and husband free day and spent some time hanging out at Des Moines Music Coalition’s Music University. There were all sorts of speakers talking with musicians on various topics, such as how to market yourself, how to run your music as a business, and so forth. While I’d love to be a banjo player, at this point in my life I don’t have music experience and still found plenty of things interesting to listen to.
Most of those interesting things involved listening to Nels Cline, of Wilco. He shared his story of how he worked retail jobs for eighteen years to support his music career. At the age of fifty, he found himself still struggling to pay $600 in monthly rent. Magic finally happened for him as he became the lead guitarist for Wilco.
Later in the conference, a few lucky fellas had the opportunity to jam with Nels. Swoon. How lucky were they? By the way, did I mention Nels was listed as one of the greatest guitarist of all times by Rolling Stone and Spin magazine? Wow!