Take what today gives you and sync it with a song

There’s an alarm clock blaring an FM station somewhere out there to start somebody’s day. Whether it’s golden oldies or gospel harmonies, it’s the first sound ringing in a brand new day.
It may not mean as much since it’s something expected and easily overlooked along the way. As the days take a little more youth and leave a little more realization, it all starts to make better sense.
All those power chords and high notes on the radio took some days and dedication to produce the sound opening your eyes everyday, but they started out small somewhere else.
There are some noisy neighbors and high power bills right around the corner as the strings are strummed and the drum heads beat three nights a week after the school bell’s rung and the time clock’s punched.
It starts with a lyric and a stab at a new life. For some, it may end with a lifetime achievement award or a story for the grandkids for others. Whatever paths in between starting a band leads the dreamers down, they come to learn it’s more about the journey than the destination.
Visions of record contracts, tour stops and hit songs may dance in their heads like the scene girls to their original songs, but as long as somebody’s listening they’re a little more alive.
Behind the frustrated looks of only ten people in front of the stage, there’s still a look in those eyes. It’s the same look Ringo, Jimi and Kurt shared before anybody knew their names. Some people are made for greatness and some break at a lack thereof, but they’re just trying everyday like all of us.
Taking a chance with any talent is just like taking a chance with a new day. After the alarm clock chimes in the promise of a new day, it can’t keep that promise by the time you get a chance to reset it.
Go big and live loud with those few hours in between. It only takes a second to take it all away and a ballad to capture the lifetime leading up to that moment.
In late November, the Monroe County music scene lost one of its own, Bobby Plaxico, days after a wreck put another, Nathan Sloan, in a critical care unit still to this day and took his girlfriend’s life.
As fast and as loud as their contributions to bands Koldera, Killjay, Applestein and Addiction Device were, so was the lifestyle with a microphone or a guitar in their hands.
With friends who’ve shared stages and practice rooms with the two, their similar band stories speak of high hopes and letdowns alike but they’re a part of life too.
As the 20- and 30-somethings figure out life may not have turned out how they once imagined, they fall in line with the generations before who succumb to not making a name for themselves.
I don’t have that musical talent so I praise those of you who do. I only have that kind of drive some days, but people like you help provide the tunes in my head to get me through to the next day.
Seeing where a new riff or chorus will take you is like seeing where a new day will. You’re never guaranteed to get famous from it or even have the chance to have another so make it loud while you can.

About Ray Van Dusen

I've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at ray.vandusen@journalinc.com.