15 Years. My first and possibly last artist’s blog.
This week marks 15 years since i moved to Nashville by myself with this one electric guitar. Music was only a dream at that point. Since then it has become my reality. Over 1500 live performances spanning the entire globe, working on over 500 studio albums with combined sales exceeding 10 million copies, multiple grammy nominations, a few number one singles and albums, and hundreds of songs written for other artists as well as film and tv. 15 years. Why am i telling you this?
Because when i truly reflect on it everything i mentioned above means NOTHING to me. and THAT is the drive that keeps moving a me forward. My desire to see what lies ahead greatly outweighs my ability to enjoy what happened in the past. Now that may seem harsh to you but most artists i know are like this. the point i’m trying to make is this…… True success for the artist comes from within. You have to work for it, and it’s in the work itself that you find joy.
I believe that creativity is like a muscle; it needs both exercise to build strength and time to recover after being stretched. So i get up every day and exercise that muscle, and then live life outside of art to rest and get ready again. Some days i’m tired. Some days i don’t feel like it. Some days just aren’t good. But every once in a while i have a day where the creativity i bring is combined with the opportunity i am given and that equals true artistic success. it’s the show where the hair stands on the back of your neck as the energy in the venue changes. its the playback in the studio where everyone knows we achieved something greater. it’s when the singer can’t get through a song without crying because they feel SO connected to what’s happening. Those moments are success; not ticket sales or chart numbers.
So what am i trying to tell you here? it’s this…..Be honest with yourself and enjoy the work itself, not the result.
-If you are musician, be honest and focus only on the note you are playing, not the next one and certainly not the one before. Give everything you have to the work of that moment.
- If you are a writer, be honest and write from what’s real. Enjoy the work of writing the song, not where and how it can be exploited. Being true and honest with your work will get you farther.
- If you are an artist, be honest with your originality. Be who you are, and work at it. refine it. get to the core of it. No one wants a copy. Be the original.
- If you are in the music business, be honest and don’t forget that at one point you had a childlike love of music. Don’t make decisions about art based on keeping your job because that will most assuredly lead to losing it.
ENJOY THE WORK. ENJOY THE WORK.
15 years and i feel like i’m just getting started. Just starting to figure it out. I am excited about what’s next. I will continue to pour all of my soul into making music until the good Lord pulls it from my body and into eternity.
Thank you to all the artists who have entrusted a piece of their vision with me. Thank you to all the musicians, managers, publishers, lawyers, a&r and other personnel who have worked with and for me. Thank you to the fans that connect with art and support the artist. Thank you Nashville. And to the good Lord. Thank You. Here’s to another 15.
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