January 26, 2011

A Paragraph on Everything

I like to think of myself as a tech guy. After all, I write for a tech blog. And yet, loyal reader Braden was quick to dash my wireless provider-free plan from yesterday. I simply had my facts wrong.

I like to think of myself as a music guy. But then I come across people who study theory all day long. They know every ebb and flow of every symphony the greats have ever created. I don't know any of them.

Here's the problem. I don't really care if I'm not a tech guy. It's just fun to know more than 99% of the world about the latest technology. It's fun to be able to instantly debunk people's political mis-beliefs. It's fun to be able to tout the effectual health benefits of an organic food lifestyle.

But, I'm serious about becoming a great musician. And my greatest fear is that I simply become a guy you don't want to play trivial pursuit with. That I know a paragraph on everything, but that's it.

It's fun having as many interests as I do. But am I better off becoming single-minded? Dedicated to musical theory? So that rather than being good at a lot of things, I might become great at one of them?

The only problem is... if I do that... if I limit my hobbies and interests to solely musical ones, am I giving up learning about anything possibly worth writing songs about?