As a musician, and even more so as a person, one must always be certain to keep their “dreams” in sight. This is not to say that lack of a sense of reality is good, but I really believe that to be successful, and to be a “true” artist, you must keep your sense of fulfillment of your dreams as a reality to you!
I was the kind of kid who always had dreams right from the start. There were always the ones that were perhaps too far to reach, but at a very young age you’re really not supposed to be too in touch with reality; rather, you should have the time to daydream, imagine situations and have endless things to “look forward to.” Many times it feels to me that the ability to maintain these dreams and these aspirations is to stay on track with being a real musician who enjoys their craft, and to not over-worry about the many “business-oriented” things we must also do!
But there are many times a “diverse” career is something that is better to go after. After all, how many of us really get to have that “monster” hit, or to go on that huge tour. It’s better to try to keep a lot of “irons in the fire”, and to know which special opportunities present themselves, and what they could mean to you!
I have never lost sight of my dreams, although many times they have been incredibly “shot down” with so many unimaginable problems and tragedies, but I really have no choice but to go on. All dreams were lost when I lost my daughter Gillian at 14, just when she was about to launch into a huge acting and music career, and lost my wife at the same time. For my little one, Lexie and I, things seemed forever hopeless, but as Lexie grew up and starting finding herself in her own music, we both began to feel that “dreams” were still possible, and that there was still a reason to go on. You go on injured and forever broken, but as long as you have life, you at least owe it to yourself and those who love you, to go on and try to reach your goals.
I simply pour it all out into my guitar and into my music, and even into my writing, such as I am doing here for you right now. It’s a cathartic process that helps me to communicate my feelings, as well as keeping you informed and up to date on what can help you in your career!
So, never give up……there are a lot of “roadblocks” in this lifetime that can stand in your way, and many unfeeling and jealous people, but as long as you stay true to yourself and keep your dreams in proper perspective, you’ll surely be just fine!
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