Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I'm just returning from another great European tour and it was an awesome experience. I've been touring the world playing music for the past twenty years and it's all been made possible by music. We all spend time trying to build our careers and keeping our noses to the grindstone but it's so important that we take time to realize that we are simply blessed to be able to do what we do. I've been lucky enough to see things and go places that most people never even dream of and I get to do so because they want to hear me play and share my gift. One of the biggest pieces of being successful is exposure. It's always enlightening to see just how BIG and diverse the world is outside of YOUR backyard. Travel expands us as musicians and people. It's also important that, as we travel, we remain humble and focused so that we are able to truly glean knowledge from each experience. As we spend time trying to develop a following for our music, we must see the entire world as our potential audience. I'm often amazed at how you can go to another country and hear of artists that live in the U.S. that you never knew existed but they are superstars in Europe, Africa or Asia. Not to mention that the European market still values musicians over marketing. To them it's all about how good you are at doing your craft and it doesn't matter what type of music it is, they really do appreciate good music of ALL kinds. So as you continue forward, please invest time in traveling and seeing what the world has to offer. Expose yourself and your talent to as many cultures as you can so that you can learn as well. Remember we are simply blessed to do this and our gift to play music is our passport to the world. Enjoy the journey.
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