Whooznxt Part 2

6 years ago some people told me, somewhat indirectly, that my guitar playing was dated and there was no place for my style in the format I was playing in. I think if they would’ve realized how hard I took that statement they might have never let the words come out. Maybe because I’m a girl, maybe because I’m an emotional, hormonal, irrational at times woman I took it so seriously I almost stopped playing altogether.
Why would a statement like that prompt me to want to give up? Do I really care what others think of my playing? Shouldn’t I have more than enough confidence after playing for 25 years to say who cares what decade I chose to play in, it’s not like I’m attempting to play Bach’s cello suite up there. Something in the style of 1723 would be seriously outdated wouldn’t it?
Well, I didn’t give up, but I kindly let my ‘style’ step aside and I went simple. It wasn’t until years later a precious friend of mine saw some of my old school facebook photos and asked ‘Wow, do you still play like that’ I said ‘no’. He said why not? And I said ‘I don’t know’. Then he told my to march downstairs to my Marshall stack turn it up to 10 and play my heart out. You know what I did? I marched down to my Marshall stack, cranked it up and played my heart out. You know what happened? I found out I didn’t really care what style I was playing. It was just me and my guitar and my own style and it felt just right.
Lately there has been a dream come true around every corner waiting to surprise me. Can you believe how much power there is in realizing someone believes in you? Praise God It’s given me the freedom to be myself and I’ve had the most extraordinary year. I released my second album, recorded it in Nashville TN. If it hadn’t been for that one night I may not have had the courage to step out and be myself. I may not have had the courage to enter the whooznxt Master Satriani contest.
Tomorrow morning I get to fly to Los Angeles, a car is going to pick me up and take me to a fancy hotel, then that car will take me to Guitar Center where I will pick up my brand new beautiful Ibanez JS20S and hang out with Joe Satriani. Ridiculously amazing. I’m going to take lots of photos just to make sure I’m not dreaming.
4 Responses to Whooznxt Part 2
  1. Louis
    November 7, 2012 | 7:31 pm

    I read this and wanted to share … :O) Louis

    by Tami Rowbotham
    Is someone threatened by you?

    Even in Christian circles, jealousy and insecurity rears it’s ugly head! Have you heard of tall poppy syndrome? It comes from Canada and Australia and describes a social phenomenon in which people of genuine merit are resented, attacked, cut down, or criticized because their talents or achievements elevate them above or distinguish them from their peers.

    I want to
    encourage you to always be in check of your motives but don’t let the jealousy or insecurity on the part of someone else intimidate you or cause you to question your calling. I think sometimes this reaction is present because the insecure person just doesn’t understand his or her own calling. Because you know what? When you and I are busy working out our callings we have no time to be critical, no time to be resentful, and have no time to attack because we’re busy working out the calling on our life. I typically don’t see many people trying to rise above anything or anyone…I think it just happens. Their talent raises their exposure. But with that success comes the crowd that will want to cut you down. So what do you do?

    1. Check your motives and your heart…only you can do that!
    2. Stay focused on your calling.
    3. Heap coals of love and compassion on the situation.
    4. Repeat….

    Be encouraged…you are a gift. You will be met with resistance so don’t be surprised when it comes. Ministry is all about people and people have messy lives. Their reaction is most often a reaction to something else going on in their life. You just happen to be standing out above the crowd and consequently become an easy target! Stand tall and serve Him with all you have. Something to think about… Tami

    • fairylefaye
      November 7, 2012 | 10:31 pm

      Thank you Louis!

  2. Chris Chick
    November 24, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    I am glad that you never stopped playing guitar. Of all the musicians I have ever heard, you were always one of the most gifted. You do not know this but I never stopped bragging about you, about that young lady who opened for Joe Satriani a mere four years after picking up a guitar.. I was there, I witnessed it! I am particular about the music I like, quite often I can be moved to tears by music done well. That old Destiny CD is one of my top treasures. It still moves me today and it will be cherished till my last days. YOU did that! If I have any regrets, it is that the world never got the chance to hear, to feel the beautiful art that you performed. I am no musician but I do have one bit of advice: have fun and enjoy your gift…..you have earned it. Merry Christmas to you and yours Juli Morgan. Thank you for that CD
    chris chick

  3. David W
    November 30, 2012 | 1:16 am

    Attagirl. Keep playing loud for God. Oh, and the next time someone tries to bring you down, praise God and turn your amp to eleven.

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