I remember my contribution to that thread: my particular inspiration was (as an amateur musician of many years myself) Melinda's unstinting musicianship and professionalism, "woodshedding" (practicing assiduously) and "paying ones dues" and crafting flawless, utterly convincing professional-artist performances every time.
On Tuesday August 07 2007
Melinda (and not she alone) has inspired me with her reading of the Gospels and the "Great Commission" as a reason to excel, to love, and to give. While some have used their faiths as reasons for personal or familial retreat from the world, or even acts of war, Melinda, like Martin King and Albert Schweitzer, or even Bach, and some non-public persons I have known, has interpreted her belief as a commandment to live the life of giving, compassion, and constant striving towards personal perfection in all her pursuits. She's an attestation to the best that Christianity can be.
Melinda has inspired me to learn about and appreciate "Soul" music. Although I've loved the Delta/Chicago blues forever, even Aretha and Gladys weren't enough to make my ears open up to Motown. Melinda opened my ears not only to her own stupendous art, but to the giants (living and departed) on whose shoulders she stands. (Of course, that's just one facet of her panoramic musicality).
Finally, as I'm a non-professional musician, of some accomplishment, even, Melinda has re-emphasized what being a professional musician means; her professionalism is, well, inspiring. She makes me want to play better, get every one of those sloppy notes right, and look upward when I play. She is certainly an inspiration as a musician.
She inspired me to figure out how to render Since you've been gone stylistically-appropriately on the Electric Guitar!
I want her to inspire the people who can't post on this board -- esp young people who don't have much, especially girls --- to "Dream Big", tread the straight path, and accomplish.
Bernie, backup #455