Listen to this Free MP3 now: JP’s “Rocky Mountain High”

Check out JP’s tune “Rocky Mountain High” below, and download the free MP3 from Soundcloud.

You can also check out this week’s podcast (S4E8) that inspired posting this track for everyone to hear.

The Story of Rocky Mountain High

As we focus on a season of #creativity on The Biz Dojo Inc. podcast, I felt compelled to share a story about one of my experiences with creativity.

I’ve been a #songwriter and #performer my whole life. I’m comfortable in front of a crowd of any size in a band, or as a #speaker.

I also love writing solo work. But for some reason, it’s just so hard to “put it out there”. There’s some level of #perfectionism that holds me back when it’s just me.

In 2015, there was a songwriting competition in Alberta. Something about the timing suited me just right.

So I set out to write an entry:

🎶I came up with some music

🎸I played the bass, electric and acoustic guitars.

🎤I sang the lead and backup vocals.

🥁I played some drums (some is programmed).

⏺️I recorded… and rerecorded… and re-re-recorded.

Then, I reached out to my old band to give it a listen and provide some feedback (shoutout to “Gitch” 🤘🏻)

🌄I was inspired by the Rocky Mountains. I can’t explain it – and I’m not sure anyone can – but the connection you get to these giant slabs of rock is incredible. They are as awe-inspiring on my 1000th time seeing them as they were my first.

So, I wrote a song about #Alberta, and entered it into the contest.

Now, I have written and released a lot of songs with others. I’ve toured, played large shows (played really, really…. really small ones) — but there was something about this that felt personal. I had put myself as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, bassist, drummer (kinda), producer and performer all on the table.

I didn’t win. I thought maybe it wasn’t good enough – maybe *I* wasn’t good enough. Not too long after, I marked it as a private track so it wasn’t open to public consumption, and i moved on.

I’ve been going back to some of my old work with fresh eyes this season. Today, I got to experience someone taking in that song with the freshest of eyes – my 2 yr old. The song came up in my rotation, and he asked “who’s this, daddy”.

I said “that’s me. It’s a song I wrote. “

“That’s you singing?”, he said. “Ohhh! I love it!”

Sometimes it just takes another perspective to make you appreciate your own work again.

I know I likely wasn’t the best entry into that competition, and that’s okay. It’s been 7 years, but in looking back on everything – I’ve realized a few things:

#music is a great creative outlet that really lets you try new things.

– giving positive feedback to a friend or colleague can go a long way

– putting your creativity out there is hard, but can be so rewarding

– the opinion of a 2 year old can matter more than anything else.

So, I’m now proud to share “Rocky Mountain High”. A song from 2015 about the inexplicable energy and connection you get to the Rocky Mountains when you see them in person. With the #calgarystampede in full swing, I hope all of our visitors get a chance to check them out.