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Happy New Year!

Written by Bill on January 1, 2017 – 1:09 pm -

2016 has been one monumental year. We’ve lost some great artists that made such an impact in our world and we’ve experienced some dramatic changes in global events.  My hope is that we can build on these experiences to move forward and make a difference in today’s world through kindness, tolerance, compassion, love and humility.

I recently watched a video that was a real eye-opener for me.  I’d like to share it with you.  It really moved me to realize that we only get one chance in this life, to do the things we dream of. That being said, I’m moving forward with implementing what’s important to me:

  1. Live healthy, eat right and take care of my body…It’s the only place I have to live! 😉
  2. Say “I love you” more to the people that are important to me.
  3. Publish more music.  I’ll admit that I use the excuse, “I’m too busy” or “There’s not enough hours in the day to compose.”  No more…I’ll start making the time.
  4. Lay off social media.  As a working musician, social media is a necessary tool to promote my music as well as inform the public about performances.  The problem is that it’s easy to get sucked in and waste time looking at mindless stuff. You’re looking at your friends posts and all of a sudden you look at the clock and half the day went by!  I’ll be taking a Facebook hiatus and will only be posting with relevance to my performances and I’ll be concentrating on posting more content here on my website. If you need to contact me, please use the contact form on my site:
  5. Engage in conversation with family and friends more in person, rather than have a dialogue through text, tweet or email. Granted, some live far away but for those that are local,  I’m going to make an effort to get together in person more. People can take what you say in so many different ways through an email, text or tweet. A text, tweet or an email does not convey the physical delivery, body language and meaning of conversation.  We’ve lost that personal interaction that is experienced by meeting face to face.
  6.  Spend more time listening rather than talking.
  7. Repeat 1 through 6

I love music. I found my passion at the age of 10 and I’ve never put it down.  There have been ups and downs but in the end, I’m doing something that I love to do and at the end of the day, I’m happy.  Living a life of an artist is one of the most arduous professions I can think of.  Your subject to both praise, criticism, acceptance and rejection, on a daily basis.  It’s a never ending uphill climb and to truly stand out from the crowd, you have to ignore the trends and follow your heart in creating content that moves your soul, first. If you can do that, the rest will fall into place.

I’d like to think that each of us were put here on this earth for the purpose of doing something good for humanity, even if it were for only one person, during one point in their life. It’s the deed of doing good for others.  I feel we lose sight of these opportunities and they’re constantly happening right under our noses and we’re missing it.  We take for granted what we have, overlooking how fortunate we are in the first place.  There are times that this happens to me, through music.  As with any job, there are times when I feel like it’s a grind. But that’s when I have to stop and tell myself why I do it.  One, it’s my passion and two, it’s my job.

I never got into this to be famous. All the burden of money and material possessions that comes along with fame doesn’t really matter because you can’t take it with you when you’re gone. Leaving some kind of impact that makes a difference is what’s priceless. Again, it’s the deed of doing good for others. If I can move people, through music, and have them tell me that my contribution has made a difference in their lives, then that makes me one of the richest men in the world. The fact that I can do it as an occupation is even more amazing…as long as the gig pays well. 😉

Best to you in 2017!

 

Bill Dutcher


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