Not Giving Up
I've been on quite a few journeys these last few months and I have so many stories I want to tell you! It's been a hot minute since I wrote a post... and by hot minute, I mean several months.
I got the opportunity to have an incredible experience recently - I went on tour with a band called Candy Hearts as their guitarist, being able to have the touring experience I've wanted for a long time. I got to meet bands and artists who I very much admire; some who I've even been listening to for ten years! These are people who I can honestly say have paved the way for a musician like myself... they're a testament to what I aspire to do as a performer and writer.
Through many amazing heart-to-hearts, I noticed there seemed to be a common thread in the conversation - persistence. Not giving up. Just... keeping going. It led me to think about so many projects I had started and quit. How many bands I was in who called it a day because one member left. How many albums/EP's I've written and never put out. There's something to be said for not only turning your intentions into a reality (which I harp on about way too much), but also continuing to do so. I was astounded to hear from these musicians and bands just exactly how many years they've been doing what they do, together... through rain and shine. Not all their journeys were easy, but somehow, these amazing souls prevailed and got to the place where they are - a place many starry-eyed kids dream of when they tell their parents they want a red electric guitar for Christmas because they're going to be a "rockstar" when they grow up. There are real life rock stars, and they're people like us, who stuck it out. And I admire these artists more than ever for doing that.
So that's all for now. I'm here in sunny South Africa visiting my family, after two years of being in America. I'm in my element, reflecting on the year, and writing lots of new music!