There I am, age 17 in the back garden writing songs when I probably should have been studying for my leaving cert. I didn’t do too well in the exams as it turned out… But by that age I knew that playing music was the only thing that felt right for me. Whether I was listening, practicing or performing, it had the power to take me away, to lose track of time and just be.
I only recently found out that this is known as “Flow”.
It’s when everything just seems to click and feel right. There’s only the task at hand and everything else falls away. There’s no stress, worries or self-consciousness. You’re just lost in the moment.
I used to come home from school and just play music for hours on end. For me there wasn’t anything better than putting thoughts to paper, music to those words and then playing it all out.
But then after a time something happened.
I was playing 7 nights a week, sometimes 2 or 3 gigs per day. I started overthinking what I was doing, who I was playing to, and how I was coming across. I stopped writing songs and I even stopped listening to music for a long while. I burnt myself out.
I had lost that “Flow State”
I knew that I needed to step back from it all. So I took 6 months out to travel and I decided to leave my guitar behind. That was the longest break from playing music I’ve ever had… But in that time away my outlook to performing really changed. I realised I had been singing songs I had no real connection to. I was simply going through the motions and not thinking about the music that I was playing or how the music was actually coming across.
This all amounted to what felt like pushing a ‘music reset button’ in my brain. I started song-writing again and I started to take the process of music making seriously.
It was the real start to my career as a musician.
There is a natural magic to music. It brings people together. It links you to the same moment, guides you to the same feelings and connects you in the same musical “Flow.”
When it happens, it’s powerful and music is no longer a one-way street. There’s a seamless link between listener and musician.
I want my music to hit that “Flow State”. I want to fall into it completely every time, and I want you, the listener, to come along for the ride.
It’s only the start of this journey. Here’s to hoping that you are part of it.
If you’d like to hear the most recent milestone of that journey, click here to watch the video of my most recent single, ‘They Put Us Wrong’.
Thank you for being a listener and for making it all matter.