Ever have times in your life, perhaps fleeting moments that seem to leave a lasting impression? It seems when we focus on what really inspires us, which is not an easy task; against endless distractions. But, when we do muster our inner strength, courage, or virtue and we finally heed that inner voice, interesting things take shape; that’s if you notice them.
I often wonder where do these inner drives and longings come from, perhaps it’s a voice from the past, our distant past? Here we are in the 21st century, but the only things that resonate with me are the legends, lore and imagery of the Ancient, Medieval and Gothic ages. Can you relate? Having always heard the beat of a different drummer, quite literally; I knew I had to find a way to really connect, or perhaps contribute to this longing. But how? Maybe through music…
As a youngster I was extremely fortunate to get drum lessons (thank you Mom). I knew there was something unique about music, like an alchemist discovering that music is the 7th element. I hoped music could be an outlet to reach others, a potential bridge to my lost tribe. But what is the tribe of a pencil thin, socially awkward nerd? I soon discovered Dungeons & Dragons and my imagination blew up! Have you ever been into a hobby; where it completely absorbs you!? I can remember listening to Rush and Iron Maiden albums and reading Lord of the Rings (dork). I wanted to make this feeling last, it became my personal quest…How could I merge music and Medieval fantasy? I had to figure out how…
I soon discovered the underground hardcore punk scene and began drumming behind a band called ‘Face Value.’ Surrounded by troubled youth, we were all looking to connect to some lost tribe. Because of a well recieved 1st album, we ending up touring Europe. Immersed in historic European culture and awe inspiring architecture, I was a 24 year old who was beyond appreciative. Or, maybe it was just that first taste of Jägermeister In Germany! Or that atmospheric Goth club in Berlin, where I discovered another clue towards my quest, Goth music; it really left an impression, more than I could know at the time.
So in conclusion, that leg of the journey lead to seven years of paying hard dues, a squatter lifestyle, a ridiculous practice schedule, hauling trailers full of gear, and one final epic van break down, which absorbed my last few remaining dollars. I realized I had become overwhelmed by small details, it obscured the big picture, I left ‘Face Value’, and failed in The Quest.
The next few decades were about rebuiliding, a degree in music, a recording studio internship and scraping out a living as a Dj. But the whole time that inner voice remained, it was always whispering, sometimes talking, and finally screaming, The Quest! I could no longer refuse the call. It was time to write my own music. Why not write about the Journey, ‘The Hero’s Journey!’ Finally, after 2 decades, I resumed The Quest…
I think there’s a part inside all of us that is vulnerable, perhaps that’s the reason we refuse the call. Whether we take the ‘Hero’s’ Journey’ willingly, or worse; we don’t and succumb to regret. We ALL have to face our challenges and make the best out of what we are given. It’s the Responsibilityof every person born to this Earth, a tough hand to be dealt indeed.
What is the purpose, or challenge in front of you? Are you reflecting, struggling, actively engaging towards your personal vision or inner needs? It is in this Spirit that I honor and encourage that hidden strength inside of YOU. My deepest wish is that our music, shaped by the essence of the hero’s quest, may inspire you to take that next step into the unknown, to follow your inner voice. Your personal quest awaits, so embrace it, and ‘Attack your Destiny!’
Please share some of your insights, struggles or triumphs with us in the comments below…!
If you would like to hear a preview of the album that was insired by the ‘Hero’s Journey,