CHAPTER 15: THE ENERGY OF LOVE

The ‘Newbie In Nashville’ Phenomenon

Waiting on something that you want is exhausting. It’s energy sucking. Waiting, by nature, cancels out expectation, and expectation is a magical ingredient for creation.

Nashville is a city that attracts the best-of-the-best of vocalists and musicians from all over the country, and the globe. Hopeful songbirds and starlets mecca to Music City USA because they know it’s the get-discovered capital for their industry.

When the newbies first arrive they: cross paths with movers and shakers; magically get invited to an A-list party at the home of a record producer or so-and-so’s manager; are introduced to several somebodies; land a meeting at a label on Music Row; network and business card collect their newbie tails off. Energy is flowing, connections are fast and loose, and success feels eminent!

Until, someone who has been scratching and striving in town for ten years, annoyed and intimidated by the newbie, tells he or she, “Kid, Nashville is a ten year town. Everybody knows that. You have to earn your way, it’s not going to come easy, after ten years this town might give you a shot, get in line.”

Then, the newbie notices that the bright light dims, the special invites dry up, and the momentum slows. He or she decides to get in line, play the game by the rules, join songwriter rounds every Thursday night, gig for tips every Friday through Sunday, co-write with anyone who asks, wait tables during the days and some nights, and wait for the magic to come in ten years.

When expectation is removed it is replaced by toiling and waiting, and wanting and waiting, and struggling and waiting. Then one day, the newbie isn’t a newbie any longer. They are now a scratcher and striver telling some naive newbie, “Kid, this is a ten year town. I used to have that spark in my eye too, everything was happening for me too, until someone gave me the lowdown.”

Doesn’t it make you wonder, what could you do if you didn’t allow other people’s fears and insecurities to affect you? What if you moved through life with the advantage of utilizing the transferrable nature of energy, both the lowdown and the high and light?

The magic of viral energy is that we have a permeable energy field, in fact everything does, and in addition to ‘attracting’ like-energy, we also ‘marinate’ in various levels or ‘temperatures’ of energy through our environment and the people and stimuli around us—this in turn sets our energetic presence.

We know that confidence is attractive; it’s also catchy. Deploy positive viral energy for everything from business meetings to dating. Next time you’re going into an important meeting, imagine that the other party has already bought your product, invested in your business, offered you the deal, or hired you for the job. They’re just meeting with you to go over the particulars and sign the contract. With that in mind, be confident, and they will too.

No thing and nothing is more important than your energetic presence. It is what draws to you all possibilities. It is what puts you in the path of magic. It is the fuel for all that you create. You are here to create not to wait. Toiling is not creating. Tempering your enthusiasm or that of others is not creating.

The newbie in Nashville phenomenon is not exclusive to newbies nor Nashville. It’s about the power that you have to create when your spirit is filled with expectation. Protect and nurture your energetic presence and then go make it happen!

Nobody controls your happiness. No thing that you can achieve or attain will signify your worthiness or that you’ve ‘made it’. To ‘make it’ you literally have to create it. Be your purpose, don’t wait and worry, create your purpose: it is uniquely yours, and it is Life’s promise to you.

Arrive like a child again. Throw off your fears. Be new. Skip above doubt and don’t seek to compete with others. Live and be and move in the energy of love and passion and enthusiasm. You are here to create.