#MusicMonday: This Is My Fight Song

This weeks song that I chose was Rachel Platten and her song “Fight Song.”

If you haven’t heard of Rachel Platten, she broke out into the music scene last year with this song and it was an instant hit.  It seemed like everywhere I turned, or every radio station that I turned on was playing this song every hour on the hour.  She just recently released her first full length album “Wildfire” at the first of the year and is continuing with hit songs like “Stand By You.”

This song really speaks to me and about my life here in Los Angeles and being in the music industry.  Like I have said about a thousand times before, living here in LA and being in the music industry is not easy for anyone, let alone being disabled and pursuing a life in the music industry. It takes a very strong willed person to keep pursing and fighting every day.

My dad came to visit me a few weeks ago and he finally got a glimpse of what my life is like here in good ol’ Hollywood. I was excited to see him, and am very happy that I got to spend some time with him.  I know my dad loves me unconditionally and supports me in anything that I want to do with my life, but I sometimes feel like he doesn’t understand why I decided to move all the way to LA to pursue a job that probably has the most unstable job market out there.   Yes, it is not the most stable job environment, but it keeps me on the edge of my seat most days.  But want to know something?  I wouldn’t have it any other way. For example, a wise person once said that if there is something else that you are good at, and pursuing music isn’t your only option, go do that because the music industry is no cake walk.  I have never been one to settle down with a 9 to 5 job. To me that is way to boring.  I want excitement.  I want something new to happen every day.  This is why I am pursing a certificate at UCLA in their Music Business program.  This is why I go to tapings and concerts and network with people from all around.  I am learning every day, and yes, there are days where I have no idea what the hell I am doing, but it’s all a learning experience. This is why I always ask people to trust me.

I am a fighter and I don’t give up easily and when I set my mind to something I make sure it is accomplished, come hell or high water.  Because like the song says, “I still gotta fight left in me.”

 

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Visiting Home Does a Body and Soul Good

There is always something about visiting home that is so refreshing and helps put things into perspective for me every time I visit.

While I was home I spent a lot of time with my parents.  I did not really see a lot of friends while I was there unfortunately, but then again I was only there for 10 days and family always comes first.

It hovered around 99 to 100 degrees for a huge portion of my trip.  Anyone that has been to Oregon knows that it rains a lot there so to have it be extremely hot like that is unheard of. and completely disgusting in my opinion.

I have noticed the past couple of times that I have gone home, my dad and I end up getting closer and end up having some really great talks.  It makes me feel good knowing that I can go to my dad when I need advice or just somebody to be there.

Speaking of my dad, I got to meet his girlfriend while I was home.  I absolutely loved her!  She is so sweet, and she makes my dad happy, so I can’t complain about that!

I got to spend some quality time with my mom as well, but it didn’t feel like a lot just because she had to work.  BUT I did get to spend 4th of July with her and some family friends.

I didn’t get to see any fireworks because we all ended up taking care of our dogs because they were scared of the fireworks and barking at them.

My mom recently started a new job within the past couple of months, so while I was home she took me to see the place and meet the people she works with.  It was great to see her in her element. My mom is a very out-going friendly person who will make friends with anyone and I could tell that this job just shows those traits of her very well.

I also got to see my sister as well.  She lives about two and a half hours away from my parents so it was really good to see her, even it was only for a night.  Believe it or not, my sister and I used  fight all the time growing up, but now I would have to say that she is one of my best friends who I can go to for anything if needed.

I will admit that I did work while I was home.  I got bored after a while needed something to do.  It also didn’t help that my dad also had to work and since he works from home, it made it that much easier for me to want to work as well.  Plus, I’m a Capricorn, and we can sometimes be known as workaholics so it  just comes naturally I guess.

So to sum up my trip I would say that it was refreshing.  I was able to come back to craziness more refreshed and ready to attack work and everything else that LA has to offer, which makes me thankful to be home.