Could playing music be the key to success in any field? This recent New York Times article addresses the link in light of the overwhelming amount of successful people who are also (if not professional, proficient) musicians. Woody Allen plays clarinet in a band, while Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen plays guitar, but it's not just creative fields; Condoleezza Rice trained to be a concert pianist. The examples are seemingly endless as are the explanations for the role of music and success. While in some ways it helps foster certain problem-solving abilities, it also offers a release from competition.