If you’re a big believer that everything happens for a reason this is for you. If you’re not, this is for you too.
The other day I was reading “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon (a great book for the creative mind) I came across a quote in the book that stuck with me.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” – Steve Jobs
We all have things we can not explain at the surface occur which causes us to wonder why? Why this? Why now? Why me? Things that in our gut feel right, but in our current mind can not be explained.
What I have felt has always allowed me to get past any unexplained apprehension is trust.
To a lot of people (even myself) it was hard to understand my entry into songwriting and music in general. I had always had a love for music on a listener level but had never thought about it from the creating standpoint. I had all these people around me who were in one way or the other involved behind the scenes that I knew as personal friends outside of music. I picked up the pen figured I’d give writing a shot, with a goal of 1 placement. (this is a much longer story that I will get into another time)
When I wrote/c0-produced “Leave With You” I pictured a male pop vocalist. I wanted to get into the hands of an artist at the top of their game in order to maximize the songs marketing potential. I pitched the song for over a year to any A&R, record Label or anyone for that matter who would listen, to no avail. When I decided to release it as a my own single, it took a lot. I was scared. I spent money I didn’t have, and time I had no proof wouldn’t be wasted on a song I just felt had to be heard. So with a shy, unknown vocalist, with little experience named Bryan Bautista, who I felt had something… I took a chance.
Fast forward 3 years later..
Bryan has gone on to do many great things for himself. He has grown as an individual and artist and I continue to root for him from the sideline. The attention he has gained through his own efforts has allowed “Leave With You” as his first featured Apple Music single to capture an audience it would have never gotten if I had never taken action. The song has been heard all around the world and is featured in the score of a upcoming film. At the time of conception neither one of us could of known what the future had in-store, but looking backwards, it all made sense.
Even as I write this now therapeutically I have yet to understand the happenings of my current life. I liken it to the feeling of riding a bicycle downhill with no hands on the handle bars or feet on the pedals. Trying to gain control only creates more instability as I move forward, but, I keep moving forward. As you look for ways to make sense of your life as it unfolds find comfort in knowing that “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” JUST TRUST. KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
Available Now on Apple Music & iTunes “Leave With You”
What have been your connected dots looking backwards? Feel free share below.