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Why Keep Doing What You Love?

We’ve met lots of kids here on our travels through Latin America: kids fortunate enough to learn English in American schools and visit family in the US, other kids who have never left their hometown. We’ve seen kids 8- to 12-years-old working on construction on a poorly maintained mountain highway.

Clinton Curtis and Gray Reinhard pose with local children after our concert in Danli, Honduras

Last night, before our open-air concert in DanlĂ­, Honduras, some disheveled-looking kids asked me for change. I apologized, but as I asked them about their town, their home, their expressions changed from miserly to curious. It was as if they had never before met an American who wanted to know about their lives. They asked about the band, about the kinds of music we play, about who we are and where we come from.

There are times when my practical nature questions the value of encouraging others to pursue artistic pastimes. For as many who are fortunate enough to carve out careers in what we love to do, there are countless more who flounder. If it’s so hard to make a living playing music with all the opportunities available to us in New York, is it right to encourage a child in a developing country to pursue their passion when it may frustrate their ability to build a stable life and family?

Students at La Casa De Cultura, Danli

But somehow, meeting these Latin American kids with (often, though not always) less opportunities than I’ve had gives the phrase and sentiment “keep doing what you love” new resonance. Why is it worth shooting for, no matter what your background? Because it’s difficult. Because not everyone gets to do what they love. But because some of us can, and because when we lead lives enriched by our passions, we can share and exchange that wealth with everyone else we can reach.

Justin Goldner is a bassist, guitarist, producer, songwriter, language junkie and lover of culture in all its manifestations. Follow him on Twitter @JusBass.

Curtis & Reinhard’s “No Nothing” featured on So You Think You Can Dance

I can’t even begin to express how proud I was to see Curtis & Reinhard‘s “No Nothing” tonight on So You Think You Can Dance, from our record Live At The Pigeon Club. It was stunning to see the tune choreographed and performed so well by Witney and Marko:

The heart-wrenching tune is without a doubt a favorite from the album and at our live shows. I distinctly remember hearing Blaire Reinhard‘s voice through the headphones as we recorded it, incredulous that I was hearing such a sound, that I was part of something so moving occurring at that very instant. It’s those kinds of moments that drew people like me to music in the first place and that keep me coming back, day after day.

Clinton, Gray and Blaire write about the unique collaborative process for this song here on the Curtis & Reinhard Blog, and you can download “No Nothing” directly from iTunes.

Congrats to Blaire, Gray and Clinton– I find it inspiring that such a moving, meaningful song can make it onto national television to find such a wide audience.