Friday, December 5, 2008
I Want To Be A Rockstar
I remember back when I was a little kid people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said "I want to be a rock star" I was quite serious about it. I was playing piano already and was learning guitar. My grandmother and father were musicians and I had some talent. It is funny though how things don't work out the way you wanted. I was in my first band at age 12. We thought we would be the next big band to take the world by storm. It lasted for two years and of course no one took us seriously. We lost enthusiasm and just stopped. My next endeavor was playing Bass guitar for a local band. I was 16, and the youngest member. It was abysmal, that is where I learned about alcohol.(Another story) Well, it crashed rather quickly. I waited a couple years before I tried again. This time, I started my own band. I actually met two great musicians who I felt a good vibe. We were good, very good in fact, and we thought we going places... No one signed us. It comes late for some people, but you realize that sometimes you are just not good enough. Case here: good but not great. I feel bad for the young musicians of today. it is much HARDER for them then it was for us. Music changes. You must have some kind of gimmick. You must know someone in the business. (A famous relative, perhaps?) Oh yeah, unless you are off the chart talented, you must be hot looking. Now I just do it for fun. I make a few bucks on the side. Nothing earth shattering, but I enjoy it more now than I ever did. Anybody else have aspirations and realized it just would not happen? When you gave it up, were you satisfied you gave it your best shot, or did you regret it for not trying harder?