Music and Stories That Inspire
Music? What does music have to do with your small business?
But when you are seeking inspiration you can find it in a variety of places.
Here are some stories of a few popular music artists that inspire me and may inspire you too.
A few weeks after I saw Bruce in September, 2016.
Springsteen is the reason I’m including music as a source of inspiration.
I saw him for the fourth time in 2016 while I was busy dreaming up my plans for TheEmbarkment.com and he brought the house down.
The entire Washington Nationals Stadium audience was treated to a nearly four hour set of nonstop music consisting of his deepest cuts and the biggest hits of his 40-plus year career.
The guy was 66 years old at the time, just wrapped up a three night stint in his home state of New Jersey, where he played the three longest concerts of his entire career, and he was headed to another city after the DC show to do it again a couple nights later.
To say he is prolific is an understatement.
Shortly after this show, Springsteen released his autobiography, which I listened to in audiobook form on my commute to and from my job at the time, and it gave me further confidence that it was time to make the leap.
You may not be a fan of Bruce Springsteen, but I mention this to drive home the fact that while you are dreaming up plans for a business, or at any other time in your life, it’s great to draw inspiration from anywhere you can.
So, if you aren’t a fan of Springsteen and like younger, more mainstream music, maybe you can draw inspiration from the story of…
I listened to Tim Ferriss interview Mike Rowe on his podcast and Rowe told an inspirational story about Peter Hernandez, aka Bruno Mars.
Rowe described how, as a child, Hernandez was a master mimic.
He could impersonate the masters, including Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, with the best of them.
He signed a record deal with Motown Records at the age of 18. However, he was dropped from the label a year later.
With the last name Hernandez, record labels wanted to place him into a box and market him to the latin markets.
Hernandez wanted to do things on his own terms and wanted to share the music that was inside him.
So he started creating music under the name Bruno Mars.
He hustled for several years and, six years after signing with Motown, was introduced to the mainstream after contributing to these top ten hits.
Bruno Mars got his major break in 2009 after producing and contributing to tracks by B.o.B and Travie McCoy.
Bruno Mars has gone on to win awards, break Billboard records, and perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2016.
And he got there by doing things on his terms.
The latest superstar entertainer to take the stage at the Super Bowl in 2017 was Lady Gaga.
She’s another artist who was dropped by a major label; Def Jam.
And she’s an artist who is definitely doing things on her terms.
I’ve heard her interviewed twice by Howard Stern, where she revealed how she faced serious adversity during her rise to fame.
But she always stuck to her guns and stayed true to herself.
Gaga loves to experiment and is constantly trying new things in her music, on stage, and in public.
She wore a meat dress to the MTV VMAs in 2010, performs in dresses made of bubbles on a piano filled with bubbles, and was puked on at SXSW in 2014.
I mean, what young, pop superstar at the top of her game pauses to record a duets album with an 87 year old Tony Bennett?
Lady Gaga does.
What Do You Think?
Is there a story behind any of your favorite music that you’d like to share?
Let me know in the comments section below.
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