One hot, summer day about 14 years ago, on my way to a training class at work, I'm praying for a best friend and church where I could sing. Same prayer now for a few months. I get to class and sit down next to Jeanne MacLaughlin. Didn't learn much about software that day. At the end of the day, she invited me to come to her church and sing with her on Sunday. The rest is blessed history!
Ever since then, we've been singing and writing music together. About 3 years ago, we formed a full-blown band, and I gave up the disempowering stories that "I'm too old" and "I'm too fat" and "I'm too ugly" and "It doesn't matter", and we produced and released our first of 3 CDs (at 44 years old!) We call ourselves "The JaJa's" (pronounced YaYa's), and we write mostly inspirational and "Posi" or positive music. We sing at different churches, conferences, and events, mostly in Arizona, and like clockwork, almost every Sunday morning. Tomorrow is one of those blessed days.
I want to share my gratitude for my music and for my best friend Jeanne, and share a little about my life and one of my biggest passions in life. Recently my buddy fought and won a battle with breast cancer. I know that her faith, her incredibly positive attitude and her committment to her health all played big parts in winning that battle. I believe in the power of positive music, and I am also certain that our music played a part in her victory. You see, we are also blessed by our work around our music because it calls for us live and breathe and practice positive thinking. If we didn't, we'd be hypocrites.
So what am I trying to say? Well, I'm grateful. I'm grateful for every leg of the journey. I'm grateful for the kid who inspired me to write music back when we were 14 years old. I'm grateful for the crazy journey I took until the day I woke up at 44 years old, and realized my life journey wasn't over - I just hadn't been at the helm for a while, but rather, just sort of drifting along.
I'm still responsible - I still work by day as a cost and schedule analyst for a large defense contractor, and my family does not live in lack. But now I know my passion is making a difference for people with my music, and even at 47 years old, I know I can have it all. Including a healthy and fit body that will support what I'm up to for the next 50 years.
I'm also trying to tell you that dreams really do come true. Especially if they are really truly yours, and not someone elses. If you can let go of what YOU think it's supposed to look like, and just believe. Suddenly things start happening and before you realize it, you're half way there. And it doesn't matter how old you are. Or how out of shape you are. Or how pretty or handsome you are. If you follow your heart, and restore integrity to the areas of your life that you may have let slip over the years, things really do start to shift.
So "wherever you are, whatever you do, won't you please.... Play your music now."
P.S. Here's my song, "Play Your Music" I wrote for the guy who inspired me to write music. It's for you, too.