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Hey, a Guy Can Dream

In November, I wrote a post looking for suggestions for new posts to write. One of the suggestions that I received was to write about something that I dream of doing. Then today, I read this post from my friend Rob, http://www.robshep.com/2012/12/06/the-reason-why-we-spend-so-much-time-on-our-smartphones/. I left a very cryptic comment in the comment section after reading it. Honestly after going back and reading it, I’m not sure what I was trying to say at all. I know that part of what I wanted to say is that I have plenty of goals that are still attainable but that haven’t come to fruition because they aren’t the easy route. He left a follow up comment asking what the goals were. So in honor of the comment left on my blog and the question that Rob asked me on his, I give you a dream of mine. It’s a little bit weird to me to begin typing this out, because I’ve never really shared it with anyone beyond just bits and pieces. It’s one of those pie in the sky things that started stirring in me while I was still in high school; I’ve been thinking about it for some fifteen years now, and it’s becoming more of a passion for me in the last few months.

It was in high school when I began going across the country with a band that my brother was a part of. I had the privilege of not only seeing a good chunk of the US but also countries like Japan and Turkey as well. When Jason moved to Alaska to be a part of a ministry up there, the band continued on for a little while without him, and I kept touring with the guys as much as I could. While touring with the group over those years, it became very apparent to me that desire and hard work aren’t the only determining factors for starving artists being fed. Being a musician is more than a full time job, but many of them have to keep full time jobs to be able to live. I have heard and met some super talented people who pour their heart and soul into using their gift for something much bigger than themselves. They scrape together and give everything they have, often times putting themselves into debt to share what they’ve been given. The vast majority end up failing, not because of lack of talent; but because of lack of resources, and that’s just not fair to me when I consider what passes as popular music these days. There is talent in mainstream music, and I’m not questioning work ethic among those artists, but there is just so much greater depth out there that doesn’t get recognized or heard by the general public. Fame and fortune isn’t what every artist aspires to achieve, but I suspect they would prefer not to barely scrape by either.

I’ve carried on, and I think I’ve built up enough back story. So what’s my dream/goal? To own a production company/recording studio that specializes in working with “starving” artists. I want to have the ability and capacity to work with and represent musicians no matter how big or small the budget. I have a name, which comes from a nickname I was given early in the Prophets Anonymous touring days, “Captain M Productions;” and I even made up business cards about six or seven years back. I spent a lot of time online researching how to market myself and get the idea off the ground. But I didn’t have anything other than a name and a business card. I have a vision of having a studio at my home that is actually underground connected to both my house and then a guest house that the artists can stay in during the recording process. I want the equipment inside to be top of the line. I don’t want it to be cheap just because it’s used for artists who couldn’t afford anything better. It’s a dream and one that I’m not sure how to see made reality, but I have a name and a business card. I want to keep a studio recording engineer on retainer at all times. I don’t want just anyone. I want someone who is expertly skilled and can be put things together in such away that will amaze people. It’s a lofty ambition, and I don’t know the how’s or when’s, but I have a name and a business card.

I’ve seen struggles, and I’ve seen successes. I’ve poured much into this cause I’ve believed in. I don’t know how to see this all accomplished, but I know that there are small and practical things that I can do now, and I’m trying to do them the best that I know how. I don’t know if this dream will ever be realized in the capacity that I want to see, but I do know that it is something that has been kicking around inside of me for the better part of fifteen years, and I just can’t let it go. I plan to continue to support my brother and others that I see that have a passion and talent but limited resources to share their gifts. So there it is, a lofty goal indeed; but hey, a guy can dream. It was weird for me to start typing it out, and it’s even weirder for me to post it now that it’s complete.

What about you, do you have any “pie in the sky” goals you can share?

12 Responses to “Hey, a Guy Can Dream”

  1. Mallory says:

    That’s not a crazy idea. It’s actually brilliant, and so selfless, at least in my opinion. Frankly, I love being fans of unknown artists. The Vespers weren’t the first band I fell in musical love with. Back in 2007, I ended up becoming friends with a couple of punk rock-type bands from Los Angeles through some Myspace connections. It’s as hard to become a well-known punk rock band in LA as it is to be a country or folk band in Nashville. I actually met one of the bands when they came to NC as the opening act for AFI in March 2010. That band, Scarlet Grey, never once let the attention go to their heads; they were like The Vespers in that they treated each and every fan like they were the most important person on the planet. The other band, as they got more attention in and around LA, started blowing off their fans, some of whom had been with them since the very beginning. I find that the “little guys” tend to do a better job at not forgetting the people who got them where they are. They treat every show like it could be their last (as cliché as that is to say). It’s why I do what I do for The Vespers. I see the passion in their hearts, how they’ve stayed until every single fan leaves a venue no matter how tired they are or how bad of a day they’ve had. Publicity doesn’t equal talent. 🙂

    My crazy dream is to be the US Ambassador to France. It’s a long shot, considering Ambassadors have to be appointed by the President, and it takes a long time to get up to working in a major world presence like France. But I fully believe that if you don’t dream big, you’ll never find out what you can do.
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    • philip says:

      Well I know that you are taking practical steps now with your studies to see that dream come to be. Thanks for your comment, it means a lot!

  2. Rob Shepherd says:

    Love this! I hope that you see this happen. Even if you start bit by bit and build up to it. This is a cool dream.

  3. Susan Taylor says:

    Philip, what a fantastic post and dream. A results coach could help you move toward your goal. If you have any interest in that, I would highly recommend the guy I have worked with. His name is Dave Blomsterberg.

    As for my own dreams, that’s a complicated ball of wax I haven’t delved into enough and for which I know I have plenty of emotions around my age and other issues. 🙂

    • philip says:

      Thanks Susan, if I go that route, I’ll definitely check him out! 🙂 Thanks also for being part of the inspiration of this post!

  4. Angi says:

    LOVE!!!

    I think this is an awesome goal/dream, and it sounds divinely inspired to me. And hey, you have a name and a business card. Seems like a perfectly normal starting point to me. 🙂

  5. Well, I know you have the heart for it! You’ve been such a great support to me and I know I couldn’t have done what I’ve done without you. You are a great blessing in every way. God will give you the steps, I’m sure of it! Thanks for sharing Philip.
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  6. What an awesome vision, Phil! I’m really glad you were able to share this with the world.
    For obvious reasons, I think this sort of venture would be incredible. My wife and I have dreams of recording somewhere that is not our laptop 🙂

    • philip says:

      Thanks Stephen, I’ve enjoyed the music that I’ve heard from you very much. I think it would be awesome to work with you guys down the road. That would be beyond wild, but not beyond God. 🙂

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