Collaboration Vs. Competition
Folks in general, and musicians in particular, are competitive by nature. We measure ourselves against those around us. "She's prettier than me." "He's smarter than me." "They're better than us." And so on.
Music is an opportunity to elevate ourselves above this thinking. With music, we are trying to forge a communion, an intimate communication or exchange, with an audience and/or our bandmates and create something that is significant and transformative.
Sure, sometimes we find ourselves dropping into our lower, competitive, selves and trying to outdo or impress; but magic happens when we acknowledge, trust and support each other, and give, selflessly, driven only to serve the music.
The sole purpose of competition is to win. The competitor is selfish, driven and focused. They are not interested in elevating others or creating something engaging.
Music's purpose is to communicate, elevate and transform. Artists can do this, competitors can't.
What are your thoughts on where competition and collaboration belong in a musical exchange? I'd love to read it in the comments below!