My story started when I was about 10 and I wrote my first song. My young love for songwriting blossomed into a full-fledged music career when I began releasing folk albums in college.
Unfortunately, I was harsh on my art; I required it to pay the bills as well as make every listener happy. Predictably I got burned out. About a year ago, almost all at once, I quit music and moved to Portland Oregon.
Suffice it to say, I found I could quit the hustle, but I couldn't quit music. As soon as I took the pressure off of my art it started to blossom again.
I started to notice I was healing from burnout when I began using the computer to write new music just for fun. To my surprise, synthetic sounds opened a whole new world of musical possibility for me. With fingertips armed with digital instruments, I told musical stories in a brand new and exciting way.
When I felt the urge to start sharing music again I wasn't surprised, but I was nervous. I knew the new music would be a left turn for my audience and I wasn't sure how they'd respond. To my delight, I was met with more support than I could have hoped for.
I think art is meant to be shared. There's something about art that compels us to reach outside of ourselves; musical therapy sessions beg to be the same for others. Art that starts as a personal experience expands beyond the creator as the audience interprets it to help tell their own stories.
With support in my pocket, and a healthier approach to art, I've started to dream big again. You can now find me on Patreon, a place where you get an up-close look at my creative process. I'm so excited to share new developments.
I'm glad that you stuck around to digest my story. However, my it's useless if you aren't able to gain insight into your own story. I want to leave you with two (similar) questions: What is the passion you keep coming back to no matter how many times you try to quit? What is the dream you keep on dreaming?