Empathy in music

Paul Kimmage is an Irish sports journalist who played a big part in the downfall of Lance Armstrong. He is known for his anti-doping stance which brings him his fair share of admirers and also detractors. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny his passion and the drive for the truth in his work.

 

The interviewer turned interviewee on the Second Captains Podcast recently. It was riveting. Kimmage readily, honestly and emotionally discussed topics from the death of his father to the realisation that a former colleague and friend had groomed and defiled an underage girl.

 

He didn’t hold back. He didn’t mince words. He answered all the interviewer’s questions and more. He knows what it’s like to be the interviewer, he knew what the interviewer wanted, and he delivered. He was a great interviewee.

 

As a musician, you need not only to think about how you want to play, but how the others in your group want you to play also. Put yourself in the drummer’s shoes – what does she want from you, what does the singer want?

 

It might just make you play better…