Hey everyone! Thanks for listening to the show! Let me introduce myself. My name is Matt Gibson, and I am one of the most followed rock guitarists on the Internet. I get recognized in public sometimes. I even have some really cool endorsements from well known companies in the music industry. I am working on my 1st album with some amazingly talented people. I hang out and talk with “real” rock stars that have already made it big – some of them even call me friend. I wouldn’t call myself a celebrity but lots of people know who I am…I haven’t “arrived” yet but I am well on my way to realizing my dream to become a successful recording artist and performer. I know for a fact that lots of people would like to be in my shoes.
That said, I have a confession to make. I am not the man you might think I am. I am not a full-time artist. I am barely a part-time artist. I don’t even think I qualify as a weekend warrior. I have a day job. Yep, I get up at 6 am and I go to work just like the rest of you. Sometimes I even wear a tie. I’m not stickin’ it to the man (as Jack Black so eloquently put it in School of Rock). I AM the man. Well sorta…
About three years ago I realized that I wanted to be a professional musician. I was a 19 year NCO in the USAF, and I just got promoted to MSgt. I turned down the stripe and retired to enable me to pursue my dream.
I was going for it! I made A LOT of progress in a short period of time. I was starting from ground zero and I was building a music empire from nothing. I honestly had no idea what I was doing. I just did whatever came naturally and organically. I discovered that I was a networker. I was a TALENTED networker. I could bring people together and build things. I was a decent musician. I knew there were plenty of people out there with more talent but I knew that branding your art was more powerful than being the best. There will always be someone better anyways. I loved what I was doing. I was going to leverage my strengths and become what I had always wanted to be: A ROCK STAR! People and resources were falling into my lap. I just needed to put the puzzle together and form the right team! But I forgot something very important…
What I forgot about was that I had a family. 20 years in the military had taken a toll on my wife and kids. It was a hard life. It had taken a toll on me as well. I needed some time to adjust to civilian life. I needed to realize that I had developed a drinking problem. I needed to recognize that I didn’t spend enough time with my kids and expected too much out of my wife. They needed my love, stable income and time.
Instead of doing these things, I threw myself into my dream. I ignored almost everything around me and lived off the high of public approval. The internet liked me, right? Look at how many people follow me and engage with my posts! I have a million people that have decided to follow me. I MUST be doing the right thing! Surely I can turn this around and become an overnight success. Once I finish this record it will all come together – but that didn’t happen. I screwed up. The bills were starting to pile up. Making a good record isn’t cheap and the money was gone. My family was falling apart. Divorce was looming on the horizon, and I had lost my ability to influence my kids. I was losing everything and everyone I cared about. I was getting ready to hit rock bottom.
And then I woke up from my dream…
Things were a mess. The money was trashed. My wife was going to leave me. 21 years of marriage. Over. Wow…
And then something happened. I got down on my knees and cried out to God. God answered. No, I didn’t hear a voice, but something inside of me changed. I now realized that my family was not an obstacle to my dream. They ARE my dream. They are the reason I am on this earth. They needed me. So I began to change…
I started loving my wife and kids (the verb not the noun). I quit drinking. I started praying. I started reading good books that teach me how to be wise about family, money and time. I got a job that paid the bills. I started to focus on my real dream: being a good husband and father. And guess what? It worked. Over one year later, my marriage and family is stronger than it has ever been. I still have a lot of work to do but we are making steady progress.
So what about the REST of the story? What about my OTHER dream? You know, the rock star one…
Let me assure you it’s not over. I have come to realize that you can accomplish quite a bit with limited resources and time. I am not giving up. I am going to finish this record. It is going to be good. It is going to turn heads and wake up the neighbors. I am going to inspire you with my music. I am going to awaken your dreams. I believe that hard work and dedication almost always pays off. I’m just going to make sure that I put my family first this time.
I am going to realize my dream to be a rock star – just not at any cost. It may take a little longer. I may get discouraged. You may even lose interest…but that’s ok. I will still have my family, and that’s what really matters in the end.
To all of the real and wanna-be rockstars, dreamers, road warriors and weekend warriors – pursue your dreams with all your heart. Just make sure you don’t forget what really matters in life. Dream big my friends…
On that note, it’s time for me to go do some recording. This album isn’t going to finish itself…
Where you can find me:
Google+ Profile https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MattGibsonGuitar/posts?hl=en
Mesa Boogie: http://www.mesaboogie.com/artist/matt-gibson.html
Breedlove Guitars: http://breedlovemusic.com/artists/breedlove-musicians/matt-gibson
ESP Guitars: http://www.espguitars.com/mattgibson