Unconventionality… Rock It!

Hey everyone! Back from a 2 week hiatus and ready to roll! Getting more and more accomplished in my home studio here in Houston and soon will be dropping videos into my arsenal of goodies for you. I’ve got a lot of things planned but life is a roller coaster and my hands are in the air. I always say “Have a plan, but be willing to roll with the punches and make changes when necessary”.

As I have been rolling with the lastest changes in my life I have been reassessing my motives for writing music. I’m trying to get back to writing for the way it makes me feel, instead of how my songs might make someone else feel. Yes, I hope that my music will have an impact on somebody, but as I have tried to write songs directly for that purpose I have found myself in a slump. I haven’t written as much lately. While trying to get back to my roots, I’ve been forced to do things a bit of the unconventional way in my studio and it begs the question: “How far are you willing to go to finish a project?”. I’ve put several things on hold over the last 6 months in the hopes of upgrading my interface and really my whole setup here. No doubt I am limited in what I can do at the moment, but I guess I would rather finish some of these songs and projects than sit around and think about how they will sound eventually. In the long run I am satisfied by the final products and my clients have been satisfied thus far as well. I guess that is the ultimate test. When life gets out of the way and I AM able to upgrade, things will only be THAT much better.

I’d like to hear from you. What kind of “unconventional” methods have you been forced to use to finish a project? What kind of unusual methods? What’s the weirdest studio experience you’ve encountered? Drop a line in the comments. Cheers!

 

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Are You A Risk Taker?

Lately I have been thinking more and more about the direction I want to take my life and career. As I look back over the last 5 years and realize what personal goals and achievements I have attained, I must acknowledge the various amounts of risk that have been involved. Any time I advanced to the next level in my life, whether in employment, home ownership, vehicle ownership, friendships and other things, I have been forced to take certain risks. I do not regret a single moment and I’m so thankful for how everything has worked out. I can only ponder what my life would be like had I never taken the risks that I have.

If you look closely at the lives of successful people of the past, almost every one of them took risks that many considered to be foolish. They ignored the naysayers, focused on their goals and took a leap of faith. I can tell you from personal experience that anything worth having is worth fighting for. It’s always been worth the risk to me. And while there have been times when things did’t work out as I hoped, those moments always taught me something about myself, and about life.

I’m writing this post because there are many folks that buy into the mindset of having a safety net, while sitting around waiting for their dreams to unfold before their eyes. I’m writing this post to give hope to those who fear that they are stuck in a rut with no way of attaining their dreams/goals. You must realize that it’s OK to take risk. It’s almost a necessity in fact. You can sit around and make every excuse as to why you can’t make the jump from the current situation to one that is better, but it’s always in your hands. Throw yourself out there. Take the risk if it’s for something you are passionate about. It’s OK to fail, pull yourself back up and try again, but you will always regret and wonder “what if” had you not tried. You will find many times that you can achieve things you never thought you could, if you only put aside the fear of failure and take some risk.

Imagine yourself in 15 years. Now imagine yourself in 15 years, still being in the exact same situation. Kinda makes me queasy… don’t get me wrong, I love my life and I’m in a great spot right now, but for goodness sake I’ve got so much more on the horizon that I dream of, I don’t consider failure to be on option.

I hope that I at least give you some food for thought, or a boost of confidence. I know this is a bit off of usual “theglobalguitarist” topic but it’s on my heart. Now go! Achieve! And give me your thoughts on the subject. Cheers!

 

“A man would do nothing, if he waited until he could do it so well that no one would find fault with what he has done.”

— Cardinal Newman British Preacher (1801-1890)
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