Sometimes You Have To Keep The Day Job

company-396708_640I’ll bet there are a lot of musicians out there who have day jobs just like me. I’ve been an Admin Assistant for decades, glorified by different titles and rates of pay, but still essentially an Admin Assistant. And when I look out at the indie music community, it seems as if we’re all trying to hide the fact that we don’t have hours and hours every day to devote to our craft. As if somehow that makes us less serious about music. I’ll tell you, nothing has made me more serious about music than the limited amount of time I have to pursue it.

earphones-152470_640When I write or play or sing, I do it as if my life depends on it, because it actually does! If I don’t have music, all I have to define myself is my crappy office job. (Oh, the horror!) Without those bright stepping stones of musical activity, my identity is a river of depleted engine oil. Eww.

I’m not saying I don’t have other good things in my life. My family and friends are to die for. But when it comes to how I feel about what I’m doing with my life, I have to be able to point to something other than shuffling paper and counting other people’s money. For me that something is music. With a vengeance.

So I’ve created this website as a place to show off my music, but also as a place to discuss the issues associated with having two careers. It’s taken a lot of work to get to this point. Holding a full time job, playing in two bands, and writing and recording new material requires concentrated energy. I’m very proud of the progress I’ve made. If you’re in the same boat, I’m proud of you, too.

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I am a gentle spirit in a brutal world. Here, I drop my scythe, a smile in the grass. https://zengreenway.com/

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