Movies and music are the chief component of entertainment and the one that’s gifted in the arts of entertaining others not only make waves but wins awards and is celebrated.
Of course you can be good, very good, deep and deft but not as famous as another who’s let my people go – in music depth, and you begin to compare yourself with such which could make you envious and then you feel insecure, anxious and then you become desperate.
Desperate people do unwholesome things to get attention and instead of growing and advancing they are retrogressing. One-storey building takes time to complete but a skyscraper takes a longer time … you’re skilled in your field, excellent – but that’s one aspect of life the other aspect is the skills and attitude of tolerance, patience, humanity, humility, confidence, understanding … which makes you complete in the long run.
You need the artistry sourced in your profession and that sourced from your personal life to access fame and then erect your stadium in your stardom.
Spotlight isn’t beans and its limelight could dim your light if you’d not been refined by life itself.
So what am I saying? Are you good? Yes!
Can you improve? Absolutely yes!
Now if music critics, producers, directors, record labels, fellow musicians, and fans alike attest to it or maybe deep in their minds they know that you’re outstanding, then see the trophies and keep pushing and improving.
Introduce the world into your music and if you use your mother-tongue spice with English, Pidgin, German or French or Spanish or Portuguese depending on your official language and the languages you command.
I learnt that Afrobeat legend late Fela Anikulapo Kuti was advised by someone to go beyond Yoruba as his primary tool of communication in music, and Fuji maestro K1 De Ultimate introduced instruments hitherto alien to Fuji music to his songs because he heeded the instructions of a man he met while travelling.
Organizations, institutions, brands are watching your exploits, genius … from distance and believe me when the time comes they will approach you with deals, awards … but in the meantime spice your music up with versatility but don’t lose your identity.
Research songs that win awards both home and abroad and learn one or two things from them.
I’m a hustler; life is a street and I’ve hustled on the streets and of course I’ve learnt many lessons – bitter, sour, sweet ….
Creative people source inspiration from their environments and they propagate to the world which is giving back to society, and many times not because they want to contribute to the ongoing online or offline debate or both, because online dramas become offline issues.
Peradventure you just access this site and feel a 70-year-old is behind it maybe a college Prof. or a business consultant whose CV whispers ‘50 years of consulting’ or maybe one celebrating 70 years of marriage – don’t let your mind run too wild for I’m just the man next door. A Nigerian youth that God chose and used the streets to add skills to his senses.
In rounding off, I don’t know who’s older between late Nelson Madiba Mandela and Biblical Methuselah – my argument is based on the fact that 10 years in stress is equivalent to 100 years in life.
Stress could be street and you could be on the street while in prison. But whether street or stress or prison, life encapsulates all.