trainees at Las Vegas Academy beinged in wonder as band members from legendary group Journey addressed their concerns about music, life and secrets to success Wednesday afternoon in downtown Las Vegas. Over 150 students, from freshmen to elders, at the
popular arts school grilled keyboardist Jonathan Cain and bass guitarist Ross Valory during an 45-minute Q & A session prior to singing along to an efficiency of “Do not Stop Believin’.””There’s great music out there,” Cain said as the trainees applauded and cheered.”You’ve just got to dig much deeper.” Cain, who joined Journey in 1980 and last month was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Valory and three other existing band members, stated music helped saved him from anxiety as a kid following a fire at his primary school in central Chicago. The notorious December 1958 blaze at Our Girl of the Angels School killed 92 students, consisting of several of Cain’s friends and classmates. Cain, who began playing the accordion to beat depression, went on to tape-record a solo album prior to briefly joining British group The Babys, and then Journey.
He credited his father for functioning as his”life coach”and motivated aspiring Las Vegas Academy artists to look for comparable mentors to help them remain focused.”My daddy taught me discipline and to keep away from the bad things, “he stated.” However it was also sound judgment. If I was going to make it and last, I needed to stay on a good course.
“Cain urged the students to prevent falling victim to alcohol and drugs, to seek out musicians who are much better than them and to keep fans in mind when composing and performing music. Remaining tidy assists band members deal with”the curveballs tossed by success, “Cain stated, calling”temptation to fall off the path” his greatest barrier in almost 40 years with the band. He
included that musicians can’t enhance until they play with other top-level performers and write music that individuals can relate with.” It’s not just about the music you wish to make– it’s about the people that are paying attention to you,”he said. Both Cain and Valory challenged students to follow their dreams and”keep a backup plan”in case their music professions don’t work out. Valory, among the band’s 5 founding members, informed
the aiming artists to be”vigilant and focused “while keeping their feet on the ground. He stated his most significant remorse was not having the ability to manage to attend a music school, adding that existing Las Vegas Academy students are fortunate to have a head start on their music education. Above all, Valory stated, musicians must find a way to stay motivated and their work shouldn’t start to feel like” just a job.””Do not puzzle your efforts to be in the music service with what really influences you, “Valory said. Sophomore Las Vegas Academy piano students Gerrard Larrieu, 15, Ian Walton, 16, and Jordan de Marigny, 15, all sat within a couple body lengths of the Journey artists during their discussion on Wednesday. They matured as Journey fans after being presented to the band’s music from their parents and the computer game Rock Band.”They’re a good example of what can happen when you stick with it,”Larrieu said when asked exactly what he took away from the presentation. “You simply have to keep trying,” de Marigny added.