A few month’s ago, I read this in UCB*
‘Tenacity is the hallmark of all successful people. They keep trying, keep learning and keep moving forward. They win the battle in their minds and then it
overflows into what they do’.
It wasn’t too long ago when I wrote my post ‘Write Your Dream but Don’t Kill the Creativity‘ in which I expressed my thoughts on the writer’s paradox of wanting to keep the dream alive by writing a book for publication (which is my dream) but at the same time not letting our creativity fall by the way-side.
As an another example of this, I wrote about my son’s experience of pursuing his dream of writing, recording and performing his own music but how studying a professional musicianship degree killed his creativity and his dream.
Almost. For a time.
Over the next few years he continued to ‘dabble’ in his music and recorded a couple of songs but gradually the pursuit of his musical dream came to a resounding halt.
More recently, he was floored by what was, at the time, a devastating break-up with his girlfriend; a storm raged and crashed through his world which, while bringing him down, dear reader, did not completely break him, although it threatened to do so.
This is because my son is not a quitter.
He is a self-taught musician who was accepted to Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) on audition purely because he would not give up on his dream. He knew exactly what he wanted to achieve.
His setbacks over recent years have only strengthened him and now his creativity has returned with a vengence. His dream, as it turned out, was not dead but merely asleep, awaiting its time to awake, renewed, refreshed and on fire. He has set his eyes on his future, not held back by his past.
George Bernard Shaw said:
‘People are always blaming their circumstances. The people who get ahead are those who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and
if they can’t find them, they make them’.
My son has inspired me with his tenacity, his strength of character and his integrity. He has clawed his way back and he has recently recorded his latest song, Smoke & Mirrors, shared here via Soundcloud. In this way he is telling those who would listen that he is back and he will not be pushed into that dark place again.
You can also listen to his previous songs, Angel Eyes and Plains of Abaddon on Soundcloud. These songs have all been recorded on his home PC with whatever equipment he has been able to muster and afford over the years. That, just him, his guitar and a few riffs. It may not be your kind of music but it’s his kind of music and it’s his creation. This is my son’s way back.
I hope that by being my metal-guitarist son’s number-one fan his ‘street cred’ isn’t totally destroyed but I can’t make any apologies for being just that… and for being so very proud of him 🙂
*United Christian Broadcasters, The Word for Today, http://www.UCB.co.uk