What’s good everyone? So, I “dropped’ my new album “Affirmations” a few weeks ago. A lot of my friends are telling me I never mentioned I had an album I was working on. I have been quiet about my promotion, but I’m always working on something when it comes to music. Affirmations is a special album for me, and I wanted to share it’s background.
I’ve actually had the album on the back burner for about 4 years now. I’m constantly recording, but as many of you know, I’m kind of a perfectionist when it comes to my production and ideas. So, Affirmations was sitting around when I was mastering my first album No Apologies.
To be honest, I’ve been trying to do some bigger projects with music for some time now, but life is always tugging me back in to handle my “priorities.” Priorities usually involve paying the bills, so that I can be comfortable enough to focus on music. But, within the last few years my mentality has changed.
A few years back, I was trying to quit smoking again for the 100th time, and I was really feeling hopeless with the situation. Just weak. But, I decided if I’m not working towards where I want to go, I’m working against it. So, I searched and found this book called “The Easy Way To Quit Smoking” by Allen Carr.
The book blew my mind, and by the end of it, I KNEW I didn’t want to smoke anymore. I felt a mental shift. The last night of reading, I told my girlfriend that I’m done with it. And that was it, I never smoked again. But, what this little episode really taught me was how powerful our minds are as human beings.
I had tried for 10 years to quit smoking, and everything in my body and mind felt like I couldn’t do it. I even doubted I wanted to do it, because I thought I loved smoking. But, one day I pick up a book, read it, have a mental shift, and quit cold turkey. Something I struggled with for 10 years conquered in a week. Maybe even a night. A single moment. I started wondering what else I could do if I just focused on it.
I didn’t grow up learning about all that “cheesy” self-improvement success philosophy bullshit (as I thought of it growing up). But now I wondered if I’d always had the talent and my own mind was my greatest enemy. Was I the reason that I was coming up short and waiting for my opportunity to prove that I was a great artist? Was I undermining my own success?
Well, soon after quitting smoking I was starving for more info that would help me figure myself out. I picked up another book called “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, and it forever changed my life. To make a long story short, I took one main concept from the book; In order to be successful, you need to have a success mentality. Even if you have all the money you are aiming for, you will be poor if you don’t have the foundation to support it. Wealth comes with a wealthy attitude not from the amount of money you actually have. And, you can have all the talent in the world, but if you don’t have the right mind set, failure is inevitable.
Out of the other one hundred concepts I took from the book, the idea that every thought has PHYSICAL energy really resonated with me. And that, the only thing we really have absolute control over is our thoughts. We can literally take our thoughts and dreams and turn them into something real. I wanted to shift my mental focus to being more positive and open minded. I wanted to shed all the hidden negative “you can’t do it” and “that’s not realistic” nonsense I had grown up absorbing.
I stopped worrying about being comfortable, and putting food on the table, and all the other poor garbage I was raised around in my small town childhood. I started writing down my dreams and affirmations and striving to live by them every day. All of the sudden, it’s like rays of sunshine started beaming in on my life.
I realized that I spend most of my time worrying about what others would think if I told them what I REALLY..REALLY…wanted to do with my life. People can inherently tend to step on your dreams. You have to find those that align themselves with your aspirations.
The crazy thing about all of this change? Nothing really changed environMENTALLY at first. It was all MENTALLY, and my then my environment changed. I recently packed up everything and moved to the beautiful city of San Diego, and I am officially a resident of the state of California. This is along the path I’ve wanted to travel ever since I was little and was wearing that UCLA jersey shootin’ hoops in my little hometown of Port Angeles, WA. I love the atmosphere and I love the environment down here. It just fits me. I will always have love for Seattle and the Northwest, but SoCal is where I need to be now. For me.
Affirmations is not only my follow up album to No Apologies, but is next episode in my life as I have started to make my dreams a reality. And, I hope in some way, if you are reading this and it all sounds strange and new, it’s left an impression that will cause you to: 1. Look inwards and re-affirm what you want in life and 2. look outwards and acquire the tools to make your dreams a reality.
Music is my world. It’s one of the reasons I’m not poppin’ antidepressant pills and checking in and out of rehab. It’s kept me sane and focused enough to see more than just the negative things in this world. Knowing that YOU are listening to something that I live for and love is the biggest honor of them all. -J.T.