My two biggest
musical hero's are also why I love and play the telecaster.
why I play numerous musical instruments (electric, acoustic, slide and
lap steel guitar, bass, dobro, mandolin, harmonica, keys, and sing).
They are why I
started writing my own music. Because they had to do and play whatever
it took to get their music out to the world, I always just thought that
was how it was done. They are why I wanted to be a bandleader. They
continue to be a massive influence
on me artistically to this very day.
Those two artists are Bruce Springsteen and the late Prince.
In my world, two of the greatest performers to ever grace a stage or
Two men that come from drastically different worlds musically and
socially, but couldn't be more alike.
embraced and devoted themselves to their music as a whole for their
Both have lived to a high personal moral code, regardless if it's
popular or understood by the masses.
have gone to great lengths to make the world a better place well beyond
But thank god we have the music, which will live on well after both men
are gone. But let us also not forget the artists commitment and devotion
to the craft itself.
Prince regularly spent 16+ hour days in the studio. He worked tirelessly
on music the world will probably never hear. He constantly worked and
strived to be a better musician, songwriter and artist. But when he did
decide to share his art with us, oh my was it great! He was always
working at a higher caliber then almost any of his peers. Never dialing
it in, all the way till the very end.
We can't bring him back and we will never have another like him. But for
those who have the talent, drive and desire to be great musicians,
please make a commitment to your art. Live up to that role model and be
the best you can be at whatever you do. Because any less than greatness
and you are cheating yourself and the world. That's how Prince did
how Bruce does it. And that's how it should always be done.