I was thinking today that often really great musicians don't take the risks needed to achieve all they could achieve on their instruments because it is too easy for them to make a living do various pickup gigs because they are so skilled. I mean a lesser trained musician might stick with a band because he has fewer options while a skilled player can put on a tuxedo and do weddings, dinner club gigs, or play in an orchestra pit if he is in the right city. The superior musician is using his or her skill to pay the bills, but does that person ever get to make the music that is in his or her heart? This post is not meant to put down skilled players. I teach for a living and I know some awesome musicans who are music professors at my university. I just am curious what others think about the idea that too many skills may sometimes keep a person from focusing on a musical vision.