I recently met up with a dear friend in a quaint gathering spot near the St. Croix River.Â He’s a Minneapolis-based musician who has experienced great success in his 20-plus year entertainment career.Â Regionally he’s recognized most everywhere he wanders, so it was nice we could chat without interruption.
He spoke ofÂ intuition, his next greatest thing, and shared what was heavy on his heart.Â Â He’s a gentle spirit and a kind soul whose mission in life is to serve.Â His music is his gift and he has shared it with millions, with ambition to touch millions more.
What fascinates me most is not his extraordinary talent nor his claim to fame; rather his motives for doing what he does.Â He feels deeply the plight of others and embraces their pain in his creative expression.Â He sings from his soul and makes other spirits soar.Â His music brings hope and they forget their grief for a moment.
I asked him once when he knew he was a singer and he shared his story as a painter.Â He approached paint with the same passion as song, but it never colored the canvas in the same way.Â He painted houses by day, sang blues by night, struggling to provide for his family.Â He watched other painters make tedious work easy and realized deep down he lacked the necessary skills for professional painting.Â Later he was fired by his foreman.
Afraid and alone, he sat in his car and pondered the direction of his life.Â In the darkness of that moment, his epiphany came. He knew he would never paint like professionals, but he realized they could never sing like James Brown. It was then he decided to be what he has become.
From a distant view, some see his success and say he was lucky and blessed.Â I’ve been privileged and honored to know the inside truth.Â Luck is where preparation meets with opportunity and blessed is a belief in magic and miracles.Â He has had a hand in both.Â He is always prepared and his faith is his guiding star.
I look to him for inspiration each time I fall short of my life goals and the words put to melody remind me to:
decide what to be and go be it.