Ok everyone! Y'all are about to witness history here. This is officially my first blog! I've never really been a blog reader myself, so I never aspired to become this sensational blog writer that is on par with the best blog writers in the world. No - I'm afraid that this is more of an "I've got something to say that may help someone out in some way" type of thing. So, please pardon me in advance if I don't follow typical "blog" protocol (I'm not really sure if that's a thing) when I write. Of course, I'll try my best to keep the punctuation and spelling mistakes to a minimum; though I'm certain that some will slip through the cracks. I'll also try to be mindful about the length of the posts. (Assuming that there are posts that happen after this!) We are all busy, and don't have time for a novel!
Now that the introduction is out of the way, I'd like to take a moment to talk about the passion that musicians share. I've been around musicians my whole life. I remember as a little kid I'd watch my uncles jamming out in the living room at my grandma's house. I've played in restaurants, clubs, and festivals. I've sat and talked with artists that have enjoyed Billboard Chart success, and I've hung out with singer-songwriters that had just a handful of people show up for their show. No matter what the ups and downs are in a particular season, they all share the passion of being a musician.
I've heard the joke about the musician loading $5,000 worth of gear into a $500 car to go play a $100 gig, but all laughs aside haven't we all experienced that type of passion at some point in our musical career? We just wanted to play! The common sense goes out the window when the passion kicks in. We are expected to be responsible and think in terms of common sense, proper planning and positive outcomes, but the creative side of us just wants to be free and create! Tough spot, huh? Been there, done that? Me too!
I urge you to keep making the responsible choices that you are currently making, but to also never forget to embrace the creative, passionate side that will cause you to get closer to your art. Whether that means singing in the shower or performing at Carnegie Hall, never lose sight of your passion. Take a moment, write down a few goals, dream for a moment, then get back to reality and start looking for ideas to make the goals happen. Write those ideas down. And put the list somewhere that you will see it often. Don't let a day go by without looking at it. Sometimes the first step really isn't that hard!
Okay, first one done! Please be gentle in the comments!