I’ve taken solace in listening to Rodriguez and learning the story of how this incredible musician and poet made some of the greatest music in the late 1960s / early 1970s and never saw any success or money and has lived modestly in Detroit all his life, and still does today. It has helped me deal with the break-up of my band Mt. Wolf, and it may help you deal with whatever it is that may be causing you pain or stress. It made me realise as long as you have the core things sorted in your life – your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favourite passions – you will live a happy and full life. The rest of it; money, fame, sex, drugs, rock’n’roll can be a lot of fun – and a distraction for a lot of people – but at the end of it doesn’t really matter, it’s not the source to living a happy fulfilled life. Some people get lucky (the Passenger’s and the Jake Bugg’s of this world) they get ‘big’ and they (with the aid of pop songwriters) write mediocre music that appeals to the masses, they get fame and recognition, and acquire wealth, but does that make them a better musician or songwriter than Rodriguez, or Nick Drake? No. Some of the greatest musicians and artists are never recognised in their time for their art, whilst others who are far less talented prevail. That in itself for a lover of music and art is frustrating but it’s just the way it is. However this is why in this day and age it’s more important than ever that if you are a fan of an independent musician’s music you should BUY their music. If you value true art you should support it, and help that person make some kind of a living from it, so they can carry on creating great music. I strongly recommend you listen to Rodriguez, find out about his story, and watch the documentary ‘Searching for Sugar Man’. Big up to my cousin Jonny for enlightening me. Rant over, I’ll get off my soap box now.
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