I have been trying to digest all the wonderful feedback I’ve got from my songs and blog posts in the past few months. I had always hoped my music and writing could inspire others. Especially inspire others to make the most of their lives and their dreams, build their own path to happiness rather than wait for the happiness to find them. Of course I always thought this as a bit of a silly dream. So i decided to focus on the music. Music is my passion, it’s the one thing in my life that I love more than myself and as Elizabeth Gilbert referred in writing being her home one of her TED talks, music is my home.
Also I hoped my music could be comfort and support in tough times. I hoped my story could give hope to those who are down right now, and I hoped it would give others strength to get through another day, when it feels like impossible.
I have been working hard, releasing a song every week since the beginning of the year, this blog post is my 187th post on my website. There have been times of self doubt, times of struggle, but most of all I have loved every second of it, the good and the bad. But I am not new to the music business, I knew it was going to be a long road. I was not expecting to build Rome in one day, heck not even in one year.
But what I realised in the past few weeks was something amazing. Sure I am here to promote my music and I admit that openly from my heart and as I mentioned above, if I could give a few people some hope along the way, that would be great. There is no doubt that I have made so many friends (some might call them fans, but I don’t see it that way) who now listen to my music as it comes out every Friday. But the messages I get are more and more about how my story inspired people, how they find what I do inspirational. This is something I did not expect to happen anytime soon. I was expecting it would take years before things would have got to that point.
But it has happened several times, weekly if not almost daily. This has given me a completely new perspective on what I do and the effect it has. Now I am allowing myself to more than hope, I am allowing myself to try 🙂
So my music is my tool, and bringing hope, comfort, inspiration to others, is what I want to do. And I want to reach as many people as possible in this way. I was granted the gift and love for music and writing. If I did not use it and share it in a positive way with the world, to me that would be the ultimate sin.
And thank you for being with me on this journey, it really means a world to me.
The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
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