Our legacy does not need to be like Johann Sebastian Bach’s in its weight or force. Our legacy is being made every day in the decisions we make. We come to a fork in the road and sometimes, “just take it,” not thinking about the long lasting effects that it may have. Other times we are very deliberate in our decisions and decide which fork to take, which path to create.
My personal observation is that when people focus on “leaving a legacy,” they start to make big mistakes. However, when you focus on your gifts and use them fully and completely, you will be doing compelling things. You will most likely leave a positive inspiring legacy. We, as musicians, have a great opportunity to leave that very positive legacy.
I recently came across a very interesting question: “What will your legacy say about what you have done to make your profession better than when you entered it?” Great question! You don’t have to change your profession; just improve it somehow in your way, with your own gift, with your own effort and dedication.
So what am I saying? Really, legacy is pretty simple. Do what you do (your own unique gifting), do it well, do it with the focus of helping other people in their journey, and you will certainly leave a great legacy.
Here’s to leaving a great legacy by doing what you are doing, doing it better than when you began, and helping others through what you do.
Onward and forward!
Legacy: Ready or not — here I come!
Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist with David Jordan, media specialist, are the creators and performers of the audience-engaging organ and multi-media concert experiences, Bach and Sons and From Sea to Shining Sea.