In all of my striving and my earthly attempts in this world to find purpose and meaning and fulfillment, I feel like I’ve been missing the purpose of what’s really going on here. As a musician, I have a long-standing relationship with my art, but as someone who has to also market it in order for it to “get out there” it can be really draining on your soul and your heart, the backbone and the lifeblood of your creative engine. A lot of times in the past I seem to forget and got lost in the noise of trying to be a success or something else that’s equally as meaningless because there really is no definitive realistic measure of success, only opinions and perspectives of how it appears or should appear. It’s a lie, and I believe the only thing that really holds you back in this life are lies. I believe very strongly that the measure of strength there is in a person is the measure of how much truth that person has. And it seems to me that the more truth that I discover the more I realize that we are just in an artist’s playground. Everything you touch and feel and hear and see is all art. Every texture, every finger tip, every line in every piece of skin has a certain nature of beauty in its uniqueness. Once we are not held back from the limitations of the lies that we believe, we are finally free to see the art that we live in everyday, and how can we be bored in a world surrounded by art? I can’t help but from smiling on the days when I when I am in a state of true understanding of this idea and I invite you to go out and see the beauty that is surrounding you, that you are completely and utterly drowning in in every moment of your beautiful life. You have no reason to be bored or mediocre because that goes against the very thread of what you are. Art.
Good times with my niece on a babysitting adventure one recent Sunday afternoon. Subscribe to my YouTube channel and maybe I’ll start posting some more videos. Maybe even some ones that actually have something to do with music, lol.
So it’s been a while and if you’re wondering what I’ve been up to, I’m doing the foundational work for my next album. If everything works out, the album is going to be recorded completely by me. Working closely with a whole lot of my personal home studio equipment, I’ve been experimenting with a lot of amazing sampling plugins and teaching myself audio engineering. It’s been a lot of fun so far and I have a lot of huge hopes for this project.
Stay tuned for more updates as the recording process progresses, and if you’re dying to hear some new tunes as I push them out, well hey – I might suggest that it wouldn’t hurt you to ask. I won’t make any guarantees but I’ve been known to be generous when the right people have asked.
Music: the only language that everyone is born understanding. We use it to express our deepest joys and fears, greatest and darkest moments, celebrate, cry, laugh, or even as a gateway to other artforms. What would be dance or cinematography be without music? It moves us.
Music is a weapon against the wiles of mediocrity. Music changes lives. It wakes us up. It reminds us of who we are and sometimes makes us realize the less beautiful things inside ourselves that are harder to see. And then, music makes us want to change.
Music opens new doors and closes old ones. It makes you want to go on. It helps you remember that you can. It levels you out. It brings up the worst of times in a way that you can deal with it. It calms you. It heals you.
Music has not only changed my life, music has helped me truly live it.
I love music.
At what point in being a professional musician is the point in which you’ve “made it?”
I think we as musicians (or any branch of art really) need to stop believing the vanity (myself included). In my experience, the only songs worth writing are the ones that convey what’s genuinely inside of me (even though sometimes you’re going to find that what’s inside of you is incredibly, well…unimpressive).
I got a couple good answers from my peeps on Twitter. Maybe you’re like Lisa here…
@chrisbjerken when it supports you and some girl in the grocery store recognizes you
— Lisa Maxon (@lisamaxon) July 27, 2016
I like the humble expectations from her point of view. I have to agree with @cletiscarr’s opinion of the age-old “OMG when I grow up I’m going to get a record deal and be famous” vibe:
@chrisbjerken still so many out there who think being “signed” is the golden egg. still believing in the cigar & caddilac a&r guy as hero
— Cletis Carr (@cletiscarr) July 27, 2016
Obviously, it goes unsaid that in 2016 the old way of getting signed is becoming more and more obsolete thanks first to the influence of Napster then Myspace then torrenting then digital streaming and who knows what next. Any John Doe can record a demo and publish it on Bandcamp, Pandora, Spotify; you name it.
So I want to hear from you – what’s the goal here? What is the point of satisfaction for you if you’re a musician, and if you’re not, what do you think are reasonable goals/expectations that musicians should have? Is it just having the personal assurance of having made a beautiful piece of art? Is it the privilege of just being able to stand in front of some people and taking something you created in a private internal place and shared it with a group of unknown appreciative strangers? Leave your comment below.