Thomas Gunther -The Musician
Thomas Gunther – About the man
How music fits into my life
I am a musician, and I don’t mean this just as a simple job description. Music is what motivates and excites me; it influences every aspect of my life.
Music accompanied me through the best and worst times. For example, when I was just 12 years old my father became terminally ill and passed away when I turned 13 years old. Music gave me the means to live though this difficult time.
It was also my love for music, especially American music, that drove me away from my home country Germany to find a new home in Chicago (read more about why I moved to Chicago).
Bottom line: Music is such an important aspect of my life that if you asked me, “Who Are You?”, I might very well tell you “I am a musician”.
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The person behind the music
Question: Can a person’s character be revealed through her/his work?
Many believe that musicians offer their listeners a unique window into their soul.
For example, song writers generally choose to write about stories that are very personal to them.
Frank Sinatra was singing his favorite songs with such conviction, that many people thought songs like New York, New York and My Way were written for him, which they were not, of course.
I believe that every true artist exposes their character, feelings, and maybe even their soul to their listeners.
The question then is: can we separate the artist from his or her music? Well, I think we can not, at least not completely. The type of music one creates is a reflection of the inner workings of that person. That’s why it is so important musicians stay true to the music that speaks to them.