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8 Images That Perfectly Describe the Life of a Musician

Musician Life

Jan 5, 2015 09:00 AM

Kathleen Parrish

Being a musician is both a rewarding and challenging life, and it's something that's difficult to understand for those who aren't involved in the music world. From rarely sleeping to running on coffee to waiting around forever during soundcheck, there are universal activities every musicians knows – and either loves or dreads. Here's to all the musicians out there living all the ups and downs.

1. Coffee

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This cup is almost big enough.


2. Relying on your GPS

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And dealing with a few backseat drivers.


3. Hauling gear

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Until you can pay someone to do it for you.


4. Waiting (with coffee)

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So much waiting...


5. Getting asked what your real job is

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Family reunions are the worst.


6. Promoting yourself

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Handing out flyers and CDs is pretty much your day job.


7. Rehearsing

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Sean Bean isn't even a musician, and he knows how important rehearsal is.


8. Not enough sleep

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At least your sleep-deprived delirium fuels your "creativity."


Kathleen Parrish is a singer and songwriter from Seattle, WA. While she specializes in lyrics, she enjoys writing short stories, poetry, and journalism. For more information, please visit

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