My Favorite Recipe For Failure, or How to turn Lemonade into Lemons
Take two insanely talented parents and stir...
You know the type of family? Maybe it was yours. Mega-talented in a myriad of ways? Never made a dime, figuratively speaking. I do recall seeing dimes around the house occasionally. Or maybe those were on TV.
I promised myself that I would get a real job, so that I would never be broke having only talent to show for it, like my parents.
So I went into singing and songwriting.
Oh I've had real jobs: candy counter manager at a theater, a few mall jobs, retail, moved up to receptionist, then Promotions Manager working at a comedy club. Now THAT was actually fun, and they let me sing in the music cabaret room a few times.
I was dabbling in show biz while "orthodoxishly-fundamentalatizing" in religion.
So basically anything I wanted to do in show business was vetoed by my church leaders.
We do it without even knowing we're doing it. Why?
We Live in Another Reality...
As artistic geniuses, do we feel we need to be paid in something even more valuable than money? Is money just not creative enough for us? For one thing - boring colors. A weird greenish tinge. What's up with that? It's not even pretty. Bored-looking austere faces all over it. Why line our beautifully leather-crafted empty wallets with that dirty stuff?
I mean, we are noble creatures, most likely aliens on this planet of "go, go, go," and "rush, rush, rush to success!!!"
Art. Everything about it is telling everyone around us to relax. Change the world. Get out of the rat race. It's esoteric and enlightening that we crave. We demand honesty and authenticity from ourselves and everyone around us.
Aliens to the planet, like I said.
A wise soul once told me, "People are stupid."
How do we, the alien geniuses of the world, use this knowledge to our benefit?
So We Call Upon Helpful Spirits...
Pray and Ask for Guidance...
Okay, so I'm still doing this and I don't want to make any of my spirit guides feel unappreciated, so I hesitate to say this doesn't seem to be working yet, but then again, I'm only 50, maybe it will kick in, in a few more years, if I keep at it...
What if I could have gotten into MUCH worse trouble than being a broke singer/songwriter/author, if they hadn't been around to help me in the unseen all this time?
Well??? (In a Samantha-from-"Bewitched"-sort-of-way).
Mortals, Magic and Me
I have no clue how to play the political games. I don't know how to impress people with the uncanny ability of posterior kissing that many so deftly exhibit. I missed that tutorial in person-hood class. I think I would have failed anyway.
I rely on the MAGIC of sincerity. Oops. A lost art, maybe?
It is the artist's way...blaze our own trails...lose our own horizons...
If it is the only thing I do of note in this life, I hereby decree to fail in my own original way. And I invite others to follow me to my deeply authentic doom.
How do ya like them lemons?
A Very Impressive List of things I've Failed at So Far:
- Fantasy Novel, Nina's Story: The Crimson Flowers Home
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