Pep Talk


Bucky, the recording studio dog, takes a break from recording to jump in the lake for a hot second.

I’m tucked away in the backwoods studios for Gatorbone Records, drinking too many cups of coffee, and waiting to lay down my backing vocals for some new Grant Peeples tunes. In my downtime, I’ve been talking shop with Elisabeth Williamson, which I would recommend for anyone who needs a good pep talk about being a musician (or about anything, for that matter).

Sometimes I get super down on the world and feel sorry for myself because it’s tough in the world for a musician. Although the rational side of me knows that everyone has their own type of struggle, I still believe it when the Krazy Kat Lady (that’s what I call the little devil that sits on my shoulder and whispers irrational/mean/untrue things in my ear… yes, “k” instead of “c”) tells me I would be better off had I chosen to be an accountant, chemist, or dog trainer.

This is not one of those times. Although I’m poorer than I’d like to be and less well know professionally, I’m pretty content right now with my place in the world. I’m doing okay.

Charlie sent me an email not too long ago:

Here is my word for you today:
“What is worth doing even if you fail?”
Is it music?

I think it is. I think that this is it.

And since you can’t have an Elisabeth Williamson pep talk, here’s one for you:


3 responses to “Pep Talk

  1. You know you could use a pep talk when… You bought new black jeans, shirt, hat and a blood red tie for the Black Heart Valentines show. Have two tickets paid for at will call. Are anxious with anticipation only to be stood up at the last minute. Heartbroken and depressed you decide to stay home and drink heavily having your own personal black heart valentines day party. Maybe next year 😦

    • Oh man, Jim! That does suck… royally. You should dance around in your house in your skivvies, listening to Taylor Swift really, really loud. That’s what always makes me feel better. 😦

      You can do it!

      You’ve been pep talked.

  2. Not much of a Taylor Swift guy but I did dance around a campfire last Friday while drinking home made lemon cello and listening to Johnny Lang, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, and the Steel Drivers (if it hadn’t been for love). Felt much better by the time I went to bed…
    Thanks for the pep talk. I do appreciate it.

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