Some years ago, a young kid had a job pumping gas.
One day a van full of musicians rolled in.
They needed a player and asked the kid if he knew of someone.
The kid looked over his shoulder at the station, back at the musicians, and jumped in the van.
After years of playing rock covers, he started penning his own tunes and sending them in to publishers.
Just wrote, and sent.
38-years old, he found himself without a band, without a job, and was selling oranges out the back of his suburban to turn a buck.
One day, he got a call from a publisher about one of his songs, someone wanted to record it.
He said sure, and went about his business selling oranges.
Having sent many songs in, he didn’t really pay no mind or even know what it meant anyway.
One day he got some mail from BMI, the performance rights organization.
It was a check.
At first he thought it was some kind of bill.
Then he opened it and thought it had to be a mistake.
That many zeros?
But, he wanted to show his mom anyway.
His mom handed the check to his step-dad and his step-dad said, “Son, I get these all the time in the mail, and you never win.”
But, it wasn’t a Clearinghouse Sweepstakes contest.
It was a legitimate BMI royalty check.
The writer was Arron Barker.
His song Baby Blue had been at #1 on the Country charts for six-weeks and he didn’t even know it.
He didn’t listen to country music. He was an old rocker out of a band and out of work, and probably out of hope at the time.
For six-weeks he’d been pushing oranges, unaware his song Baby Blue had been recorded by George Strait and blasted up the charts and was clicking the royalty meter big time.
The thing is, Aaron just wrote what he had in him. He wasn’t trying to be anyone.
He was a writer, loved music, and did it.
Just be yourself.
You can’t be someone else anyway.
Write what you write, keep learning, keep growing…
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