Humans of Music (part 3: Elizabeth Rusli)

Humans of Music, by Felicia Satyadi and Vanessa Tunggal.

Felicia and Vanessa asked questions to musicians over lunch, coffee or even online chat applications and received inspirational answers in return.

The article is going to be in English and Bahasa Indonesia.

 

Elizabeth Rusli, banker, soprano, chorister.

How do you see musicians?

"I see musicians as inspiring people who makes life worth living." Musicians are very very very passionate and they are all delicate people. I'd like to think that professional musicians are more sensitive than most people because they pay very much attention even to the slightest difference in tune. Also, to be able to work on daily basis with their colleagues and articulate what they hear and feel (which are very personal), I think it is just a beautiful human interaction.

"I see musicians as inspiring people who makes life worth living."

 

If you could turn back time, what do you want to be?

Gak mau ulang lagi boleh? Who knows what would have happened? I am living a happy life now so why would I change? Kadang I mikir kalo I masih single and eventually given opportunity to learn singing overseas, will I do it? Provided I have enough money saved, I think I would.”

 

Professional musicians versus music enthusiasts?

I secretly call people who are involved in music only in their free time after fulfilling their day jobs ‘hobby musicians.’ ‘"Hobby musicians tend to have more relaxed approach to their musical activities, maybe because they really savour every moment they have, as they do not have the luxury of having all the time in the world to make music." I am one of them. If I finish my work at 5pm knowing that I will get to rehearsal at 7.30pm, most of the time I will be all smiles because I know that I have 7.30-10pm time when I can be with my music, because when I get home, it is too late to be singing around loudly, kan?

"Hobby musicians tend to have more relaxed approach to their musical activities, maybe because they really savour every moment they have, as they do not have the luxury of having all the time in the world to make music."

 

Full-Time musician: can you imagine being a full-time office worker? Full-time office worker: can you imagine being a full-time musician?

I’m not sure if I can commit that much to be a full-time musician as money is definitely not a big offer in music industry (almost every musician says this) since I’ve had the luxury of corporate job which pays quite well and as a kid who was forced to learn the piano (though I am grateful for it now), I used to hate practicing so much. Musicians are usually ‘married’ to their instruments and I can only imagine days filled with rehearsals.

 

Inspirational story.

The first person who inspired me is a church organist. He did not inspire me to learn how to play organ, but his musicality transcends to other area which he was passionate about, and he made me turn from a clueless kid into a young girl who had a dream of becoming a graphic designer when she grew up.