Shine in ‘09? Who will think of it first? The catchy phrase that will start our first week of the new year and then be forgotten with all our resolutions. I didn’t mean to get so pessimistic, in fact I am excited to see how things go! I feel renewed, refreshed, and ready to take the wheel.
Now I am definitely the person who hates when people refer to Christmas as Xmas because I felt as though people were taking the true meaning away from what Christmas is all about. Anyways my good friend and bandmate Mike Retondo sent me this link.
Something about reading a good book… I’m all over the place with the books I like to read, but the one I’m reading now takes a right-brained vagabond like me, and forces me to state my motivation - making a clear statement about who you are, what you’re doing, what you want - instead of just floating around like a boat out on the ocean without an anchor. I’ve wasted a lot of time waiting for things, and that’s not right. I’ve also been inconsistent in the ways I DID go about pursuing things, and that’s just a waste. I might add that this book is not about pshycology, but it’s actually teaching me to DO something, not just change the way I justify doing nothing in the quietness of my own mind.
I don’t need pills, I need focus. I need a plan, I need to accept help from those around me, and I need action. It’s how things happen, I can see that now. Yeah.
It’s good to be home during the first snows of the year. I play music (for somewhat of a living) so we just spent the month in Atlanta before coming home for the holidaze. We had a blast, met some awesome people and caught some cool tours that blew through town. It gave me a whole new sense of making the most of each day, so thank you Atlanta.
We made our new record while we were down there, which is a whole different blog, but for sure the best thing I’ve ever been a part of. We just left our old label, so the sky’s the limit and we’re taking our time to make sure we find the right “position” from which to launch it. For all of our years so far, I’ve always felt that the music was not reaching people the way I knew it could.
The other day, I was watching football, of all things (I swear I’m not a meathead) and it hit me: Greatness has a lot to do with position. The rookie who sets records is a great player, don’t get me wrong, but without a coach that believed he was worthy he’d sit there helpless. This is the urgency that I feel today. My friends the Plain White T’s came to mind. Delilah was always a great song, and the day it was launched right it became the hit we all knew it was. I want to believe these things can happen. After 10 years of the crazy ups and downs in this business, somehow I am still inspired today when I see people succeed.
Wow, that felt good. I guess I needed a blog after all.