Reading my last post before this one makes it look like I was planning to do a “before and after” series… ya, that’s it… I totally was! 😆
When you read this awesome interview, be prepared for a disconnect between some of what David says and these photos. (“There were words in the article,” you ask? 🙂 )
David: “I felt like I was a failure because I couldn’t be cool. I couldn’t be what it takes to be successful. And so, I was like, Okay, I’m just going to be myself and enjoy that for as long as it lasts. But I guess I’m not cool, so I won’t last very long. But I’m still here and I’m grateful for that.”
Dear David, the coolest people are the ones who don’t think they’re cool. Sincerely, A friend.
David: “Being the person who can give back and make someone’s life a little better, then I’ve fulfilled my mission and purpose in life.”
Dear David, this is the ultimate in coolness, imo. And I’m not just saying that because of this:
Okay, maybe a little bit. 😆
David: “I do get a little scared, because I do care what other people think. Will they think I’m a disappointment if I don’t meet their expectations? If I don’t continue to be as famous as they think I should be?”
Dear David, Wow, this really hit me hard. Because of all those times I railed at the universe for not giving you the fame that I think you deserve… every time I watch the Grammy’s or hear some meh song on the radio, I can’t help but think YOU deserve those accolades… not realizing what kind of pressure those expectations put on you. I’m much better at that now… at realizing fame doesn’t equal success (either professionally or personally)… at letting you be whoever you want to be. I’m not a fan because you’re famous, I’m a fan because you’re YOU.
And btw, this is just icing on a most wonderful cake. 🙂
HERE’S MORE ICING!!!!!
What does music mean to you?
To me, music is language; it’s expression; it’s connection. You can help people understand things through music, especially like me, that you can’t through words. In just a few seconds of a song, you can be deeply connected to the listener. And I love that power. It can be happiness, sadness, anger, laughter…you can express all that in music and people will feel that. [My challenge is] how can I use this to the best way that I can. It’s not about how many people, but instead of doing whatever it takes to get as many people to listen, it’s not worth it to me if I can’t connect.
What for you keeps you centred and focused despite the noise that is part and parcel of the industry?
Something very important to me is personal time. I make sure I have time every day to pray, to meditate. Whether you’re religious or not, spirituality is important. There’s a spiritual nature to us that is more than our bodies, and you have to connect to that. If you try to keep yourself busy all the time, you never hear your spirit, what it is trying to tell you and what you need. Something inside of us knows what we need, and if we ignore it, we start feeling depressed. And it’s very easy to get anxiety by listening to all the other voices and comparing ourselves thinking: ‘I’m never going to be good enough’ or ‘How do I keep up?’ Sometimes you need to take a step back or take a social media fast. I get caught up, too. A few days, a week, or even a month and it was like, ‘There I am. I can hear myself again.’
Even if I have a few minutes, I’ll say a prayer, give thanks and just say, ‘God, what do you need me to see today? What do I need to learn about myself today?’ It’s easy to put yourself down, but through prayer, it can easily helps you look at yourself in a positive way.
Amen to that, David!
And what did I learn today? HOW TO DO A SLIDESHOW, THAT’S WHAT! 😆
Read the whole interview and see all these fashion-forward photos here… and submit David’s name as the next James Bond or Blade Runner here (I kid! Sort of. 🙂 )
SO WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK???!
In case you missed David’s LA TV interview this morning: