A Path Less Travelled - Johnny Lucas Blog
Alright ladies and gents this is the 1st of the Johnny Lucas blogs. I’ve had a few reserves about blogging on the internet mainly because I didn’t want to be one of those people who just stick up photos of their cats and stuff. I haven’t got a cat so you’re safe. But I think we are in a time at the moment where everyone feels the need to express themselves and internet blogging along with all the other social media platforms is a good way to get heard. So I thought I should give it a whirl just because I do take pride in the fact that I decided, 8 years ago, that I would earn my money from nothing other than music. After 8 years, I have quite a bit to say on the topic.
I know we’re all unique but it’s not often that someone is stubborn enough to follow their own dreams, even if it could potentially jeopardize the rest of their life… I am! At least that’s the way I feel at the moment. Normally people have a dream, goal or even a thought that they entertain for a short period of time and they imagine the huge impact on the world that their idea could have. However, these people are usually lured towards someone else (or a company) with a big wad of cash, who offers them security, pensions, company cars and a nice house all under the condition that they push their ambitions to one side and follow theirs. That never happened to me! Maybe it didn’t happen because I view that as a middle class version of slavery and I somehow communicate that telepathically. But I’m glad it didn’t happen and I’m fairly certain that my employer would soon regret their decision after I’d turned their office into a recording studio or a rehearsal room. It’s crazy that we’re often very politely told not to honor our own ideas!!?? What more do we have?? I don’t have anything. I also believe that this is true for all of us.
Don’t get me wrong sometimes I beat myself up because I don’t feel like I have any of these securities. I rent a house in a naff area, drive an old ford transit and I’m scraping a living together in a rock band. But is anyone ever really secure? You could be a banker with 3million in the bank and an Aston Martin but we’ll see how that pans out if/when the economy collapses – I’ll come along and exchange it for a bag of rice! Even if the economy stays afloat, that person will still die at some point and then they’ll have nothing!! I know that’s true of all of us, but my point is, it’s important for us not to be complete sell-outs throughout our lives. If banking is your passion then by all means bank away till the cows come home but don’t do it just because you’re too scared to do what you really want to do because sooner or later you’ll see someone else doing what you were supposed to do and you’ll …. probably just do nothing and bury it deep inside along with the rest of the nonsense.
I get up every morning and I honor whatever ideas/creativity I have in my head and I think that’s the key… Creativity. As a human, I get an indescribable feeling when I create something. It’s almost like a little piece of your brain has fallen out and left it’s mark on the planet. I know most people that are miserable in their jobs aren’t miserable because of lack of pay or bad hours but because their ideas are not appreciated. Maybe their boss feels threatened or maybe other work mates hold them back. I wish these people could see that the key towards their happiness is just to follow the ideas that are in their heads in the 1st place!! Yes you might loose your job but hey that can happen on a good day these days so what’s to lose?!
That’s why I’m doing music and that’s why I’m writing songs. I just get a tune in my head and I choose not to ignore it. If I’m mid-conversation I suddenly glaze over and nip to the bathroom to record it on my iphone. I’ve just decided to re-brand myself as a solo artist rather than be in a band for no other reason other than I had the idea in my head! So I’m experimenting with a loop sampler every day with the aim to perform my new songs off the album “Life Design” It’s great to be creative every day but I also feel like I’m walking on a path that’s completely unfamiliar and it’s an adventure into the unknown. So I hope you enjoyed Blog number 1 and I’ll do my upmost to follow it up!