How I Got Into Music
Music was always a part of my life. I grew up singing in the choir at church and also participated in the worship band during college. I've always wanted to be a singer. I had a keyboard all through high school and college and wrote my own songs but I never had the gumption to go public with my music until something big happened to change everything.
It was a catalyst and a shift in paradigm for me that drove me to relentlessly pursue music. I thought I had everything figured out. I graduated from high school, went to college, got my four-year degree, and began climbing the corporate ladder. I did everything according to that plan and excelled at my job. But then I got laid off because of the economy and those plans came to a halt. What challenged my thinking at that point was that if I did everything the way the world wanted me to (going to college and getting a real job) and even that didn't work out, what if I pursued what my real passions were?
So, I decided to go for it. I started learning some songs and writing and before I knew it I was ready to play my first show! It was quite interesting. Rob and I were event planners for an apartment community and we decided to put on a show for the residents right there in the clubhouse. We had practiced a few times together but were completely nervous about the whole thing. About 15 people showed up and we did a mixture of covers and originals. Everyone loved it! They even signed up to my mailing list.
Ever since then, I knew in my heart that I needed to pursue music. Actually I think music is pursuing me in some ways. It's had a hold over me ever since I could remember. The lay off simply opened my eyes to just how strong the hold really was.
My advice to anyone wanting to go into music or pursue their passions is to go for it. What have you got to lose? Find a way and figure out how to do it. Even if it's just a little bit! If it doesn't work out then do something else. When it's all said and done, you will regret mostly not the things that you did, but the things you didn't do.