It’s the first week of 2011 and this is the start of my new blog, Street-Wise Lesson of the Week. Many of the posts that you will read here in the coming weeks, months, and hopefully years, will come from my new book, Lessons From a Street-Wise Professor: What You Won’t Learn at Most Music Schools, but there will be lots of new lessons too. I hope that some of them will hit home and resonate with you. For you high school students just thinking about a career in music, these posts may open your eyes to the musical world before you. For college students, they may help you fine-tune your career path and get you thinking about other options you might have in the music profession. And for professionals already in the business, this blog might remind you of why you decided on a career in music in the first place. In any case, I hope you will find these lessons helpful and interesting reading.