Today Dave and I represented the work of musicians at a career fair held at a Colorado Junior High School. As kids came up and asked us questions, we were reminded about the passion of the young. Eyes wide, hearts full, potential bursting, many asked us question after question about what we do everyday, how much musicians earn, what is the best and worst part of our work, on and on. While some of the students were just looking to fulfill the requirements of the career fair (welcome junior high school attitude at it's finest!), so many were really truly excited about their futures and the possibility of music in them. I listened and I spoke and I evaluated and I am grateful. Today I was given a wonderful gift. A picture perfect reminder that passion and perseverance are an essential marriage in this business that I love so much.
Every job requires some push through, some self-motivation, some drive. But this one in particular requires a certain level of crazy passion and crazy perseverance. After years of work in crafting and learning to write songs, I'm still looking forward to that moment when my songs are on the radio on a daily basis, when I get to play Red Rocks, when I'll head to an international location to share my heart through music. I still believe I'll get to. Call it crazy, but it's my passion. The fact that I'm still trying is my perseverance. I'm willing, I'm ready. Not afraid to work hard, forfeit vacations, spend all extra money on kids with nothing left over for a haircut, let alone a new car. Some say, "Is that really living?" It is when you love it. I want to show my kids how to pursue a dream and pursue it with dignity. Pursue it properly. Never give up on the ones you love and never give up on the dream.
I'm thankful for these precious kids who are thinking long down the road about a career in music and what that would mean. They do it because music means something to them. I'm so thankful it still means something to me. This weekend, DREAM... Act on your passions with perseverance. And never regret it.