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Follow your passion with practice

Posted: March 15, 2012 2:18 p.m.
Updated: March 16, 2012 5:00 a.m.

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul”-Plato

It begins when we are young children, a spark. Something that drives us, creates feelings in our souls that makes us ecstatic or feel the need to dance with joy. As we grow and become older, we kindle this flame with practice, practice, practice. We listen to advice from mentors or seize opportunities to grow our skills. This feeling: our passion.

This passion varies among each individual. As unique as fingerprints these passions, if strong enough, become what we eat, sleep, and breathe. For some, it’s the field of medicine. For others it’s teaching or dancing. When we are teenagers, this seems to be the time we truly begin to define what we want to do with that that drives us. Recently, I sat down with the guitarist and singer of a local band called Lost in the Middle, Richard Strater. This young group has only been together a year, but have already taken rein of their gifts and with the advantage of the practice, practice, practice philosophy; have reaped the harvest of success. This young band is now in the process of signing a record deal with Bare Thru Records.

RR: How did your band get started?

RS: Initially it was me seeking out a bass player and a drummer, just to get together and have a band. It built from there and I started jamming with people and eventually found people in Northeast Columbia who actually stuck with it. Then we played a show a year ago in West Columbia

RR: What type of music do you play/[is] inspiration for your own music?

RS: We play alternative rock. [Our inspiration] for me [personally] would be A Rise Against and Pink Floyd.

RR: Why do you perform? (What’s your drive?)

RS: I really love music. It’s a thrill to perform and makes me happy.

RR: What does music mean to you as a young artist?

RS: It as always been kind of a safe haven, a release, a refuge. A nirvana if you will.

For more information about Lost in the Middle or to learn about upcoming shows, visit

(Rebecca Rowell is a contributing columnist for the C-I from Lugoff-Elgin High School and can be reached at


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