The Keys To Happiness
Years ago, when endeavouring to practice, rehearse & eventually go on tour, it was very clear to aspiring songwriting musicians like myself, what the most appropriate approach would be.
Naivety is often accompanied by poetic knowledge - we instinctively know what is right for us, way more than anybody else could ever do.
It's when we allow ourselves to be influenced by people who have no idea who we are that we often lose our way - & the consequences of that can be long lasting, maybe even permanent.
The late 80's & early 90's was a great time, because in the previous decade Punk & New Wave had opened the doors to relatively unskilled & unaccomplished songwriting artistes to just 'get up & do it' - allowing them to rely more on the quality & sincerity of each performance, rather than on years of gruelling music practice.
The more live music is, the better it can be enjoyed, & for me - nothing less than 100% live is/was ever good enough.
Back then, I should have done what seemed so natural to do, but instead I allowed myself to be influenced away from that & into a quicksand pit of programming sequencers & drum machines. It's a bit like taxi-driving or prostitution - initially it might be fun, & easy to fall into - but ultimately it's very hard to get out of.
With hindsight, it's easy to see that all you'll ever really need is a good song, performed with passion & sincerity. If you have that, then why would you need a band at all?
My 2019 New Years resolution was to do just that - leave all the crap behind & take my songs on the road with nothing more than a portable piano. It's been going that way for the last year or so & there's a rake of musical hardware presently for sale elsewhere on this site - now that I've finally found my instrument of choice.
So yeah - this is a new & much more 'simple approach' but that's perfect for a simple kind of guy.
The ongoing pursuit of spiritual awakening can bring clarity - & the present moment is all that truly exists.
You have to be true to yourself no matter what anyone else thinks - & your honesty & transparency may (eventually) be appreciated.
The keys to happiness are always in your hands!
Hope you'll look out for some sparsely arranged (piano/vocal) old & new songs on my video channel soon.
Cheers & God bless!
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