Re: Why do you play? Why do you perform?
Hmmm. This might take a while so bear with me.
My mom was the organist at a Baptist Church for 25 years and it was just expected that every child in our family participate in the music program so that's where it started, I guess it's her fault.
During my formative years I also sang in every chorus and small ensemble at school which led me to college. As a freshman in college I wrangled the first chair tenor away from a senior and he wasn't happy about it. Afterwards we became good friends and he introduced me to singing in a Barbershop Chorus and the rest is history.
While it took me a few years to get through college and make it back to Barbershop singing in 1984 I became a member of the Big Orange Chorus in Jacksonville, FL and we are currently ranked, by competition, 15th in the world. I am on the music team and also the Bass Section Leader.
I am also the Bass of a Barbershop Quartet named Slice! (We are a slice of the Big Orange, get it?). We are currently ranked, again by competition, 5th in the State of Florida.
I also sing in a Mixed Barbershop Quartet (mixed gender), a Gospel Quartet and Church Choir. Somebody asked me why I don't golf, I just don't have the time.
Did I mention this might take a while?
After that context I'll get back to the question at hand. I do this because I love it. I love performing and the energy that we trade with the audience which makes the performance better and and awful lot of fun. I can't think of a thing that is more rewarding, other than my family, especially my grandchildren, than getting a rousing standing ovation after the audience was stunned into silence from performing a touching ballad.
Now, I gotta get back to the singing so I'll sign off for now.