Okay I won’t go as far as to call myself a ROCKSTAR, but I figured it would better help me convey my message. I will however go as far as to label myself an introvert, which makes my career choices a little puzzling.
See I’m the lead guy for my band/brand Nelly’s Echo, but I could also be found guilty of occasionally being physical therapist. I picked two occupations that demand that I engage with my audience/patient.
From my limited understanding of the definition of an introvert, it summarizes as one who gets their “batteries” recharged from moments of quiet and solitude. It is not to be mistaken for being shy or reserved, as that suggests actively avoiding social situations. I actually don’t mind stimulating social situations, however I tend to crave the moments of quiet reflection afterwards. For example, one of my favorite things to do after a long show, is to take the longer route home with the music off, windows down and just my thoughts for company. That’s probably why long drives between shows don’t bother me, as they afford me time to reflect.
I will confess however that I’ve had to work on my skill of engaging my audiences and my patients. For an introvert, when given the option of to engage or not to engage, there is a natural tendency to not engage. I’ve had to fight that tendency over the years, and now it’s more 2nd nature.
It has helped me become a better musician, therapist and person. I guess “success is truly just outside your comfort zone.”
Well that’s a little slice of the man, the myth, the legend. I am a man! The myth is that I crave being the life of the party. The legend is that I’m the worlds greatest introvert ROCKSTAR (Imagine me saying that at the top of my voice, on the mountain top, with my guitar held high). The reality is that ROCKSTARS aren’t born, they are made!
They say the only constant thing in life is change, and I’ve come to embrace that saying with my music. Over the many years of Nelly’s Echo’s existence, I’ve had a plethora of musicians come in and leave my band. Some for rational personal reasons, and some for reasons best known only to them. The latest to leave the band is one in whom I’m very proud of, and can honestly say I’m honored to have shared the stage with.
Tyler Sherard, Nelly’s Echo’s bass player (now former bass player) will be moving to Georgia to begin a new of chapter in his life. He also just got engaged, so that makes it 2 big decisions in the life of this young man in a short period. I couldn’t be more proud of the man he has become over the years, and I’m humbled and honored to have shared the stage with the most talented musician I know. He can play every instrument in the band excellently, but I at least am a better dancer and basketball player than him…for now 🙂
I would like to take this public forum to wish the tallest knucklehead all the best in this phase of his life journey. He will forever be a part of the Nelly’s Echo family.
Nelson aka “the man who forgot to bring sexy back.”