Starting a solo music career at 47

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Posted by Sherelle on November 15, 19105 at 15:17:34:

Hi Linda,

I am a singer/songwriter. I have been singing and writing since the age of 15. When I started searching for Boomer support groups for Baby Boomer musicians, I haven't been able to really find any. It seems like the thought of any Baby Boomer trying to enter the music world is laughable at best and pathetic at worst. What a shame because I think I'm origianl and good and I think that if people heard me, they would like me. Forgive my forwardness but I am learning that if you don't stand up for yourself, no one else will.

It seems to be okay with society to be a Baby Boomer musician if you started when you were twenty or younger but not okay if you are getting started. It's like you are supposed to only do it as a hobby if you are my age. If you were fortunate to have some success at a younger age and you try to get back into the business, you are thought of as a "has been" and consider a b-act. To me, that is like throwing the baby out with the bath water.

Talent counts I know and is important for any musician to be successful. However, there are a lot of talented Baby Boomers out there with a passion for music and a desire to pursue it full time.

I guess my question to you is why do others look at us funny when we say we want to start a second career in our 40's or even 50's? Worse yet, why do we count ourselves out by saying things like, "I'm too old to try anything new" or "I would do it if I were a litte younger but not now"? This Baby Boomer movement is the best thing to happen to people in our age bracket in a long time. It's a chance to change ideas and make a new start! They say that there's a time for every season and for Baby Boomers, I think this is it!

Linda, can you give me your thoughts on the subject? I am writing you in hopes that another Baby Boomer musician who wants to pursue music full time will find the courage to do so! Thanks!

Waldorf, MD

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