Going Back To My Roots
Well the last couple of years have certainly brought some major changes to my life and been a time of deep reflection and soul-searching for me.
I turned 60 two years ago, the long term contracts that I had looking after and managing some local clients websites all came to an end rather abruptly which left a big hole in my income and after a couple of major health scares I decided just to take a whole year off and enjoy spending some quality time with my wife and twin daughters.
I have to say chilling by the pool all summer long was absolutely marvelous and I enjoyed every minute of my well-earned rest but it was also the perfect time for me to reflect on what I had been doing with my past life and choose what I really wanted to do with the rest of my life now that I’m in what are supposed to be my golden years.
During my long summer break we got invited to a few barbecues and I had the opportunity to dust off my old guitar and play a few of my favorite songs and I suddenly realized that I’d been given a very special gift.
That gift is music and the ability to bring a bit of joy into the lives of every person that I come into contact with through my songs and guitar playing.
Getting back into my old passion of singing and playing my guitar made me realize that I haven’t been following my life’s purpose for a very long time.
I spent a good part of my early years playing professionally in bands, duos and latterly as a solo guitar vocalist.
I decided to take some time out from being constantly on the road and working nights when our daughters were born so that I would be around to help my wife with the complicated job of raising twins.
Whilst I have never regretted giving up my musical career and having the privilege of being a major part of my daughters younger years and enjoying the priceless experience of watching them grow into the beautiful young girls they have become today, I did miss the buzz of being on stage and performing.
Unfortunately I also got so tied up in the online world that I ended up spending every waking hour in front of my computer, tablet or smartphone and had totally forgotten the very reason I had given up my musical career in the first place!
Taking a year out made me realize that while I enjoy affiliate marketing (I couldn't have taken a year out without my online business earning me money in the background) It's not my real passion.
My real passion was and always will be my music.
So with my wife and daughters blessings I’ve decided to follow my heart and return to my first passion of singing and playing my guitar.
From now on I will be mostly focusing on posting acoustic guitar cover versions of my favorite songs to my My YouTube Channel along with new songs and some reviews of the guitars and equipment I used to make my music.
Who knows, I might even start doing some online guitar lessons.
This does of course mean that I will be less active here in the future but I'm always floating around in the background if anyone wants my help.
To finish up I just want to say thank you to everyone for your loyal support over the years and hopefully we’ll catch up for a beer and sing-along in the very near future!
If you're into acoustic guitar and country music don't forget to pop by My YouTube Channel and give me a thumbs up if you have a moment.
Alan Roy Hocking :)