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Changing Life Focus

It’s official, I am 50 and have decided to take on my bucket list.
Late in 2015, I started to get disillusioned with what I was doing as a career.  Don’t get me wrong, I love marketing, social media, video and other work, but my true passion, music always seemed to take a back seat.

As 2015 drew to a close, I kept wondering why some made a living at music and I could not.  Then, on New Year’s Eve, I had an epiphany.  The truth of the matter was – I was blocking my own way.  In order for one to be happy and achieve all you can, one must remove the shackles of what one believes they cannot do.  So, my New Year’s Resolution became – BE a musician, first and foremost.  This was truly a scary proposal because I did not want to be a starving musician.  You can’t quit your dayjob, right?  Nothing can be further than the truth.

Now, I am not saying anyone should just up and change their life.  What I am saying is to be true to yourself.  If you are good at something, great!  That does not mean you need to do that for a living if it means sacrificing your passion.  I love marketing, I just don’t want to market everyone else’s products anymore.  I was offered business partnerships for several companies to launch or expand their product lines during the second half of 2015, all with excellent financial potential.  Something kept nagging me in the back of my brain though, causing writers block, web design block, marketing block, let’s face it, I was just blocked.  I kept thinking to myself – as soon as I do this, then I can do music again.  Well, the reality is you must put ALL your effort into your endeavors to achieve what you want.  Engaging in a new business would require at all my focus for at least a year or two, then maybe I could have some time to get back into music.   So, in about 5 years I might be gigging part time.  Establishing a band takes time also, so, really I might be gigging enough to make a few dollars part time to support my hobby by the time I am 60.  Wait – 60?

Noooo!  This all hit me hard New Years Eve.  I would most likely have to wait till I was 60 to get to my lifelong dream, and then have about 5 years doing it.  That would not do.  So, I thought about where I lived, who I could contact, what place would be best for me to make an actual living at music at my age.  The choice became so  clear once I focused on it.  Las Vegas!  I lived here from 1999 to about 2008, when the housing market crashed.  I saw more live music in that time than in my entire life before.  Casinos, bars, restaurants, clubs, parks, all have have entertainment here constantly, 7 days a week, even the streets have paid musicians and entertainers, not to mention private parties and corporate events.

I literally decided to move back on January 1, 2016.  By the end of January, I had secured a lease on a music studio.  I moved in Feburary 2 and began rehearsing by myself in my new “office”.  I ran an ad on Craigslist and wouldn’t you know it, the first bass player and drummer that came to try out fit perfectly with my musical tastes, style and vision.  Amazingly enough, once I decided to become a full time musician and put all my thoughts and effort into it, the pieces just happened to come together amazingly fast.

I am writing this just 2 weeks after my 50th birthday, my first writing since September 2015.  The band is sounding great, my writers block seems to have lifted, and I have a renewed sense of purpose.   I will get to market and do what I love, for me.

In conclusion, to anyone who reads this, do what you must, but you must do what you love.  Sure, there are risks and it is scary.  But you only live once and you don’t ever want to wake up one day and say to yourself “I wish I had tried to…?”  If you find yourself saying that now, maybe its not too late.

 

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Tesla – Huzzah!

I love cars.  I love horsepower, driving fast, the thrill of cornering racing – all of it.

I love technology.  Computers, music equipment, audio, video, communication devices.

Combine my 2 favorite loves and what do you get?  Tesla!

I have been fascinated with the man, the myths, the band (80’s) and now the car.   Nickola Tesla to me represents the underdog with a vision.  Elon Musk has rightfully named his car.  I applaud the “stick it to the man” attitude of Tesla Motors.  Telling the dealerships where to go.  Telling the oil barons where to go.  All the while giving us a sexy, powerful vehicle AND putting in charging stations (Tesla owners use them for FREE) enabling us to go where we want.  79 Supercharging stations in America according to their blog.  Drive from LA to Chicago and New York for FREE!  WOW.  The all wheel drive family truckster comes out in 2015.  Rumors are that after the Gigafactory is finished they will be able to produce a low-priced car.   If that vehicle is under 20k and I don’t have to fuel it – sign me up!  Tesla – putting the innovate back into motorvate.  Huzzah!

This is my new section of my blog:

Chasing the Rabbithole

One quote in a report I read this morning while chasing this rabbit was through Yahoo written by Rick Newman via The Exchange to me seemed a little bit of a dis.  The report was trying to sound in the middle and explaining that the good ole boys way of having dealerships was essential to Tesla becoming a player.  This quote “Tesla obviously feels differently, arguing in another blog post (the company’s preferred way of communicating with the press and public)” bugged me.  Why?  because I could not help but wonder, if Tesla Motors has the mindset of bringing the cars from the manufacturer to the people – it only makes sense that the information they chose to communicate is delivered the same way.   Huzzah to Tesla again!

Writers note – Tesla announced its 80th charging station on March 16th, 2014 – just one day after I wrote this article – another Huzzah!

Kevin Bacon and Twinder – is there a connection?

Yesterday the world was sharing this very funny video by Kevin Bacon.  Unless you live under a rock, you have probably seen it.  For those that haven’t, Kevin very seriously tries to address Millennials about 80’s awareness.  I laughed at the “getting nuked” part – since I lost a couple of friends that way also.  But something about it bothered me. 

The first time I saw it, he said something about Twinder.  I dismissed it at a purposeful mispronunciation of Twitter, a crack at my generation and our mixing up our social sites.  Many of my friends’ call Facebook Facecrack since it tends to be addicting.  I have heard people call Myspace Myface and so on.  I have heard friends refer to Myface, Spacebook, Facecrack (my favorite) and so on.  Then I shared the video with my wife and when he said it again – I thought “wait – is there such a thing as Twinder?”  The horrified thought that I was one-upped by a celebrity regarding any legitimate social site was appalling to me since social media marketing is my job.  I had to Google it immediately! Twinder is a proposed search engine for Twitter – based in cloud computing (that is my simple understanding from reading it  once – read more yourself) I see many sites come and go so I really don’t pay a lot of attention until it at least becomes a factor.  Then again, I usually at least know what each site or application is, even if their existence is a blip.  How did I miss this?

This thought continued to plague my dreams and was even wondering over breakfast “did Kevin Bacon drop the word Twinder as part of a clever marketing scheme?”  WOW!  What a sneaky way to get the word out.  Bury the single word “Twinder” in a joke PSA that has a major show (The Following) perceived as the money behind the joke.  Because guess what?  It made me look Twinder and discover it was at least a thory.  Now that I read about it, of course I wanted to try it.  So this morning I set to work, Googling furiously and reading every single reference I could find (truth, I spent 15 minutes).  I found one Google reference “Twinder app” and found an announcement from Reddit 4 days ago that Twinder app was now available.  That took you to gotwinder.com to find your long lost twin, which laughed at me for believing Twinder was real – which then took you to Tinder.com, another matchmaking site.  Other than that, this looks a rabbit hole – or is it?  Did Kevin do it on purpose?  Does he have a stake in the real Twinder?  Or is it all just a big joke?  You decide.

Earlier this morning before I had coffee – I misspelled Keven – I have corrected it – I was late to work at the time.  Please excuse me Kevin – I thought it looked wrong!