Guit-A-Grip podcast #5 is now out!
I was thinking about the earlier podcasts and one thing I wanted to experiment with is really focusing the podcasts into short take aways that can be acted on immediately. Kind of motivational and philosophical licks if you will. So the next posts will be short but I’ll continue to intersperse them with longer posts for people who want more information. I’m trying to find the ideal format here, and I guess I’ll wait to see what springs up.
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Guit-A-Grip Episode #5 – Show Notes
So this episode goes all into the lifeblood of any artistic longevity, your fans. I mentioned the “Don’t Stop Believing” documentary in the podcast and while it should be out on DVD eventually, you can stream it now right here.
Arnel comes across really well in the video – and what the video doesn’t highlight is that Arnel was a 40 year old singer in a Manilla based cover band. In the often ageist rock and roll market, that’s a time that many people consider a death sentence for achieving their dreams. One incredible fan may have given him the platform for Neal Schon to find him, but it’s his talent and energy that put him on that stage. He kept working even when logically, there wasn’t much point in his doing so.
Perhaps the greatest lesson in the movie comes at the point where he’s blowing the audition. Arnel relates that he has this burning question of, “How am I going to let my true self come through if that want a classic sound?” during the audition which he finally answers with the realization that they brought him there to do a job and that that’s what he’s going to focus on.
If you commit to something and do your best – you don’t have to worry about whether or not you’re going to come out of your shell because people will see you for who you are. How many times have you gone to see a band and walked away with an observation about one player? “The band was good…but that drummer was unbelievable!” And I’m not talking about just dumping a lot of chops here, I’m talking about how great players transcend the material by being in the moment of what they’re doing. They say something real and the audience gets that message. Then you get players like Vinny Golia who have all the expression and chops in the world and is just a force of nature on a bandstand where you’re never going to doubt who that guy is.
(I’m off topic here but I will, yet again, plead with anyone who will listen to me that Vinny Golia is one of the closest things that we have to a national treasure and I can think of no one in the arts more deserving of a MacArthur fellowship than him. Please tell all your friends – particularly the ones who submit nominations.)
As a secondary lesson, it acts as a great reminder about opportunity. When opportunity knocks most people ignore it because they don’t recognize it as an opportunity. Arnel was going to blow off the e-mail from Neal Schon because he didn’t think it was serious. Keeping options open makes it easier to answer the knock of opportunity when it happens – even if it just sounds like someone tapping their fingers on something.
Additionally, if you’re looking for an inspirational guitar documentary – I would implore you to buy the Jason Becker documentary. Jason Becker, an astonishingly talented guitarist on the eve of his greatest guitar victory (securing the guitar slot in David Lee Roth’s band) get’s diagnosed with ALS which ultimately robs him of the ability to play guitar. The documentary about Jason showcases his early story but is also about Jason’s refusal to stop making music and how he is still composing music using eye movements to enter in midi notes.
I have a movie review (and a transcription of one of the excerpts from the film) on Guitar-Muse, but the heartbreaking thing is that while Jason has a legion of well meaning fans that many of those fans uploaded all of his recorded material (including his DVD) to web, which deprives he and his family from income that could help maintain his life.
If you have Netflix, you can stream the documentary (which might put a few pennies in his pocket) but it’s also available for purchase on dvd or you could make a donation directly to the family here. If you’re a fan of his music, it would be a great way to give something back to someone who really needs the help.
Back to the podcast – If you like the podcast please let me know. If you really like it – leaving a rating on iTunes would be really appreciated!
More posts and podcasts are on their way Next time, I’ll talk about the best ice cream shop in NY that you never heard of (unless you know where Sammonsville is)!