Almost a year ago, I attended a banjo camp. At the camp were several well known banjo players, including some who who are "giants" on the instrument and who have played major historical roles in the music. One of the players told us that he didn't believe that musicians today have "soul" like players from his era (1940's/50's, etc). He talked about traveling around the country with his bandmates in unfavorable conditions (i.e. packed into a station wagon with their instruments, not the best lodging conditions, etc). He implied that musicians today have it easy, and thus, I guess, lack soul.
1. What is soul?
2. How do you get it?
3. Does suffering equal soul?
4. Does having soul make you a good player?
I know I've suffered for my music, and others around me who've heard me practice and play have suffered as well. Just wondering.