MJ-quoteOnce upon a time, when I was 7 years old my mother took me to my first concert.  I don’t really remember a whole lot about what happened when I was 7 and definitely not in as much detail but I’ll never forget this.  It was Michael Jackson’s Bad Tour at Madison Square Garden, NYC.  I know what you’re thinking: my mom is awesome.  My mom remembers that we were sitting in front of The Pointer Sisters and Spike Lee and she got a ton of autographs of the celebrities by which we were surrounded.

I actually don’t remember who we were sitting around that much because all that mattered to me was the magic occurring on the stage.  At that moment, I was in awe of how much talent one stage could hold.  And that is when music chose me… really chose me, touched me, opened me.  I wanted to make people feel the way I felt that day.  Wouldn’t it be great if I could have a job like Michael Jackson’s?

But let’s bring it full circle.  I didn’t realize at the time (because I was just 7) that this stop in the tour was no ordinary show.  It was actually a fundraiser for UNICEF, a children’s rights and emergency relief organization. So, because the performance was a fundraiser, all of the memorabilia had UNICEF’s logo on it and all of the proceeds from that concert went toward the charity.  In my last blog, I made the commitment to give 50% of all the money I receive from my musical endeavors to charity.  Without knowing it, not only did that concert mark the day I realized how much music meant to me, but gave me the reason why I was doing it in the first place – to give back, to make a difference.

On twitter (@queendscott), I remind myself #whymusic.   For me, #whymusic is why I music is my ultimate profession.  For you, #whymusic may mean why you listen to music or a particular genre/artist.  In any case, if you feel like sharing your reasons, I’d love to hear them.


P.S. I was supposed to post this blog yesterday and didn’t get a chance to do so.  However, today as I read over this before posting, I realize that this is the 5th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death.  There are a scary amount of coincidences going on right now…




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