Inspiration for the Young Indie Musician

This appeared in the April 4 edition of Brian Thompson’s The DIY Daily.  Subscribe here.

How Long Should I Try?

never give up

this is who you are

you had the dream

it’s yours to redeem!



it will take longer than planned

horrendous hurdles will come into play

there will be countless delays

all along your way

passers-by will stop and say

good luck! stil at it, eh?


but, you know.


passion, persistance and resilience

build respect

respect creates attention

attention expands connections

connections spawn new networks

new modalities creating new opportunities

unavailable to the uninspired


and then the crowd will declare,

whoa, what luck!

you’ll shrug and say, maybe.

but you’ll know,

it all comes down to

commitment and time


don’t hesitate

it’s never too late

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

3 thoughts on “Inspiration for the Young Indie Musician

  • April 5, 2013 at 5:00 am

    This was exactly what I needed to read…..and it is a sometimes long, sometimes rocky road but my music is so therapeutic that if no one ever fanned us I'd still get many rewards! I'm going to read this often…thanks!

  • April 6, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Hey Alan, thanks so much for sharing this wee lil' poem of mine. I appreciate it man. Hope you're good!


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