Music is essentially about creativity and talent. Without those it is very hard to be successful. However it is not enough. I have been a musician since I was 8 years old. I know I wanted to be long before that. However with the talent that I have and the desire from an early age I haven’t been able to turn that into success.
The “not enough” has been missing for much of my life. The “not enough” is hard work and practice. I have always got bored with practising endless scales and chord progressions. I wanted to create something new every time I picked up an instrument.
I plateaued at being good but not great. I knew hard work would take me to the next level but I wasn’t prepared to do it. As a husband and father there are always plenty of things to do that can keep me busy and after a busy day I can sit in front of the TV and pretend I am too tired for practice and so another day passes and I can convince myself that tomorrow will be different.
The reason I am writing this is that I have had a lot of time to think about my life this last 2 weeks. Being sick makes life very simple. You’re sick and all your plans are on hold. But that doesn’t stop you thinking.
I love music, listening to music and playing music but in reality I don’t do it because I have accepted that I can’t be better. However the reality is that I can be better, I just have to choose to. I have taught others about the power of practice, know about the power of practice so now I am going to put the power of practice into effect.
There are so many ideas rattling around in my brain that need to come out and they only thing stopping me is me.
I have been watching you tube clips of people auditioning for various music shows and the reality is if they can do it why can’t I. If they can overcome their demons then I can. I am a musician and I am going to be more than a title.
I am not sure where it is going to go but it is time I got over myself and started doing what I love most of all. Watch this space. Enjoy.