I believe it all begins with a dream. Without a dream, you have little use for inspiration, determination, and perspiration (i.e., good
old fashion hard work).

Personally, for me, that came at the age of thirteen. I knew what I wanted to do and was determined to give it my best shot. I did not want to one day look back and ask, “What if?” “What if I had given it my all?” “What might have been?” Maybe you feel that way yourself.

Regardless of what your dream is, it is your dream that will make your life meaningful, especially on those cold, rainy, lonely days; and the road, seemingly, long and winding.

While it is your dream that is the source of your creativity, you cannot be a dreamer. The realities of life need to be dealt with and balanced by professionalism in thoughts, words, and actions when you are operating in the music business.

Can you be a dreamer and a realist at the same time? Sure you can; moreover, you will need to be. That is just the way it is. Life works that way. You live in that world. Trying to “do life” any other way, is not living in the “real world.”

Each one of us must get up each and every day, day in and day out, and live either our dream, or the dream of someone else. What will you choose? How true to your dream will you be?

Your dream is what will get you up each morning. Rise and shine! It is a new day of opportunities! A chance to do what makes your life
meaningful, purposeful, and engaging. Enjoy the journey.


jPaul is a songwriter, musician, and educator with over 25 years in the music business. He is the author of JC’s Video Guitar,Guitaring, and the Literate Guitarist. Formerly the director of the California School of Music and booking agent for A Band For All Occasions talent agency, jPaul is currently living in the Washington, DC Metro area.