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Growing Pains

For January 20, 2013, a day that I forgot to do several important things.

I’m 22 and I often think I’m the greenest person on the face of the earth.  For everything I get right, I probably do 10 things wrong.  Maybe more.

Screwing up is part of life - especially at 22.  That’s not an excuse for anything I’ve done.  I’m not one to blame my youth for my ignorance.  But sometimes that’s just how it goes.  I don’t know everything, nor do I claim to (unless I’m joking).  I do, however, claim that Jet’s song She’s A Genius is written about me.  That may or may not be true.

Anyway.  Looking back on the mistakes I’ve made in my bands and other musical arenas is an education in and of itself.  Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do, but man!  I’ve been dumb.  If I’ve wronged you, I’m very sorry.

Being a musician is a bumpy ride with no real directions because no two experiences are alike.  Even my mentor is not always able to completely guide me because of some extreme differences in our experiences.  There’s no surefire way to do anything anymore.

My mentor told me the very first time he approached me about the band, “You need to do something.  Even if it’s wrong - do something.”  And believe me, I have done many wrong things, and they haven’t always been in the capacity he talked about.