Make a Move
“Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for. It is a thing to be achieved”. –William Jennings Bryan
I like jump starting my thoughts by looking up quotes about what’s currently on my mind. For now, it’s a reminder of where my head was at when writing my last song. I’ll share that that with you here in just one moment, but let me first say that in this instance I came up with the tune first on guitar and then the writing just flowed right after. Sometimes it happens that way; sometimes quite the opposite by writing the lyrics first, then the music later. I was inspired by God knows what. The feeling I got from the guitar tune, the fact that I had been making more of an effort at work, yet wasn’t seeing the reward; it is all here-say. Music/poetry/writing (whatever you want to call it) are all a great way to vent. It’s one of my biggest outlets and I’m not sure what I’d do without it. Maybe, walk around town all day with a frown on my face.
In my last post I mentioned writing about loving the process (not the result) when striving to achieve a specific goal or dream. I rolled that concept in the back of my mind for a while and was soon reminded that it’s not always an easy road pushing towards your dreams. In my case I was trying to get a raise at work to help pay for my night classes for this degree. I had been coming in to work an hour early every day, taking on extra tasks and even filling in for my co-workers who were behind in their work. If I wanted to get a raise, I just needed to keep up what I had been doing and the payoff would come later.
This scenario gave me some food for thought when writing “Make a Move”. In a way, my situation wasn’t much different than an athlete who was competing in a race. All the efforts that I had been making were the aches and pains of “my race”. Getting a raise at work was just another step in achieving my ultimate goal of getting this degree. I wrote about this in the song “Make a Move”, which I will share with you now.
To give you a bit of an idea on what the song sounds like here’s a video recorded March 3rd at Black Star Co-op Brewery here in Austin, TX. This day I was asked to play for a couple of hours on the outdoor patio after a mid-day 5k race had taken place. This was for a monthly “Austin Beer Run” that took place. I asked and performed with my close friend Ileana.