Almost 10 years ago I said goodbye to music in some capacity. I even had a car without a radio. I had been burnt out from multiple bands, pay-to-play shows, and an empty wallet. I had dropped out of college at one point because I was itching to make music a career. I had a little bit of success but not enough to sustain me. I eventually went back and got a marketing degree.
Somehow music took a backseat. Since then I’ve slowly been dipping my toes back in the water. It hasn’t been easy, but one thing I’ve learned along the way, dreams never come to you in the way you think they will.
Over the past two years I’ve made it back from Australia and gave music a fresh start. I got a house, built a small studio, invested in some decent gear, join two bands to practice my chops on the bass, guitar, and vocals. I recently picked up drums. Its never too late to learn. On top of that, it’s been a never-ending journey of audio engineering.
I’m not an expert at any one of these, but there’s something special about learning multiple crafts and putting it all together to get an end product.
I truly love music. I know it’s love because we constantly fight each other but always make up.
#WorkHarder is the first song I’ve released that I wrote, played every instrument, tracked, mixed engineered, and mastered. Because why not?
I get to continue a journey left long ago. There is no end of the road, just getting better.
Like I said, I’ll never be perfect at each instrument but it sure feels good to have an idea and make it come to life with calluses on my hands, bloodshot eyes from staring at the computer screen, raw throat from singing, and pulling out hair from constant software downloads.
I’ve always been an advocate for people who learn and play instruments because it’s far from easy. Here’s to all of you.
For everyone seeking a dream don’t be worried if it mutates into something else. Just keep following the branches and get better.