Tag: indie

There Is No Magic Formula

Add a headingI LOVE the Rival Sons. Yes, the caps are necessary so strongly it is I feel about this band and yes, I am too old to fan girl, but I do over them. Have you seen Jay Buchanan perform? Ahem, anyway, they recorded a song called “Keep on Swinging” and it is the perfect anthem to what our work ethic should be. The lyrics say, “Gonna keep my head down, and keep on swingin.”

To me, this symbolizes the man praying and hoping, but continuing to work toward his goal. And no matter what we do, this is how we should go about it. I feel like some of us are being taken to the cleaners for stuff that promises some kind of miracle or secret formula that if we can just perform correctly, all our wildest dreams will come true. Not so. Where I come from, they used to call these people snake oil salesmen, which reminds me of a Steve Earle song I dearly love called Snake Oil, but I digress.

Don’t beat yourself up if you’re trying all this stuff and it’s not working, just don’t quit! Pray, meditate, visualize, set your intentions, whatever it is you do for your soul, and work hard, keep learning.

Incidentally, Rival Sons have been recording kick ass music since 2009 and only just this week reached number 1 on the Billboard charts. The only other time they even made the chart was with Keep on Swinging in 2013. There’s a lot to be said for hanging in there.