I just published my first interview with a musician. Big deal, right? Well, actually it is. When you’re in the middle of your own life—going about doing the things you do—it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture. I nearly failed to notice that this interview actually fulfilled a dream for me!
A few years back, I had a plan in place to interview some of my favorite musicians and share their stories with the world. And as I looked at my blog this morning, I just realized that this “dream” has now become a reality. That is very humbling! My coach encouraged me to share the story of how it unfolded, as it’s a great example of how dreams often take shape…not necessarily looking like we originally planned!
Four years ago I met legendary musician, Marty Balin (of Jefferson Airplane fame), backstage at a concert. Bill and I got to share some fun personal time with him before the show (go here for the details). I’ve always been drawn to classic rock music and the way it shaped our generation in the late 1960’s, so the conversation with Marty was a thrill.
After going home that evening, I reflected on our talk with Marty and was overcome with a deep need to put it all in writing. It wasn’t the “facts” or the historical details that were important to me. What I wanted to share via my writing was about Marty, the man. The guy who enjoys yoga; the guy who adores his young daughter; the guy who is a great painter. The types of things that most people have no idea about.
You can go anywhere on the Internet to find out which bands Marty was a part of and the names of the albums he’s recorded. That’s not what I’m most interested in. I want to know about the cool guy who’s just like you and me. And I believe that’s also doing the world a service—to learn about legendary musicians as “people”; not as the untouchable icons we’ve made them out to be.
I couldn’t seem to let this go, and the idea remained dormant in my heart.
One year later
It was a full year later when Bill and I caught Marty on the road again. I found him before a show and nervously told him my idea—that I was enthralled with his “story” and I wanted to do an interview with him. I told him I would be submitting the interview to various major music publications.
Marty said, “Great, let’s do it!” and wrote his phone number down on a piece of paper and gave it to me.
Really? It was that easy?
So after the show I went home and got to work. I researched a variety of publications that seemed like a good match for the articles I planned to write. I began a “wish list” of the myriad of musicians I couldn’t wait to interview. I put together a document outlining my goals, outcomes, and intentions. I made a vision board. I was ready to go!
But all my enthusiasm was quickly stifled. The more research I did, the more it seemed that there was a big amount of red-tape to get my articles published. Most editors didn’t get back to me. And the ones in the biz who did, said they didn’t take articles from freelance writers so it probably wouldn’t happen anyway. While all this was disappointing, it didn’t stop me from the ‘knowing’ that I would still get these interviews going. Somehow.
Next, Marty and I kept missing each other and weren’t able to connect. We even stayed at the same hotel once and a group of us had dinner together…but the timing simply was not matching up to do a one-on-one interview, no matter how much we both wanted to make it happen. I even had a brand new digital voice recorder that never made it out of the package.
I lost steam. And it all started to feel like an incredible amount of work…and I eventually lost my interest in pursuing it further.
But I didn’t lose my energy and passion for connecting with these musicians and having honest conversations around “who” they are and what brings them joy. For whatever reason, though, it didn’t seem like it was meant to be—at the time. So I put the idea on the backburner. And the idea was so far on the backburner that I kind of forgot about it.
It came back to find me
A few years later, I created my Following Your Joy blog and spent a year laying the foundation and getting it exactly how I wanted it. Right from the start, the joy theme was resonating with readers big-time.
I got to a point where I was excited and ready to start talking to others I admired about how they embrace joy in their lives. Suddenly, it was time to start thinking about my musician friends again!
I tapped back into that excitement I once felt. I called Marty (had no idea if he was at the same phone number or what he was up to) and everything started to unfold beautifully. He was hip to the idea right away and we got our interview scheduled (it’s published now–check it out!).
In the meantime, I connected with another wonderful and joyful musician, Kenny Lee Lewis, of the Steve Miller Band. When I approached him about an interview, he simply replied: “Sounds fun, here’s my cell #.” Again, way too easy!
It was such an honor to interview Kenny (be sure to check out the article here). I’ll never forget him as my “first,” and he set the stage for great things to come. Readers particularly loved learning about Kenny as “real,” and I love that I got to provide another space for him to shine his light.
I’ve got a list of all kinds of cool people I admire who I’ll be interviewing and sharing their stories. Many are musicians, because I’ve got a special passion for music. But many are not—I’ll be interviewing people from all walks of life: Authors, business leaders, stay-at-home moms, adventurers, and a multitude of other amazing and inspiring people. I can’t wait to talk to them about what brings them joy and share their stories here so we can all learn from them!
How cool that I have my own successful blog now where I can interview whoever I want whenever I want and call my own shots. No politics or red tape to deal with and it’s all a breeze…and fun. One of my favorite things to do is to help people shine their lights in the world, and I love that I get to use this blog as a vehicle to do that. Yes!
What I’ve learned about dreams
The Law of Attraction states that we are each responsible for the what and the why of that which we desire to manifest in our lives.
It’s the how that is up to the Universe. And it’s important to be open-minded about that “how,” because it might not look exactly like we planned.
My dream four years ago seems to be the perfect example of how you’ve got to know: 1) What you want, 2) Why it’s important to you, and then 3) Trust that it will all unfold in its right time. This reminds me of a great story I told a while back about trusting in the process of life.
So this morning I smiled and was reminded that yes, this is a big deal. This is a dream I’ve held that is finally coming true. Thanks to my readers for cheering me on, sharing in the excitement, and providing a venue for me to publish my interviews. And special thanks to Marty and Kenny for being a part of the dream…and to so many others to come who I’m excited to introduce here!
I’ll wrap this up with an excerpt of an email from a good friend—one of my cheerleaders who has witnessed the unfolding of this dream over the last few years. She said: “You basically created the medium for these interviews without even knowing it. Who needs Rolling Stone!?”
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