Success. What is it? You'll find hundreds of definitions online, and they're probably all true. But when it comes to musicians, success becomes blurry and materialistic. Are you signed with a record company? How many CDs have you sold? How big is your fan base? How loyal are they? Have you gone on tour yet? Why not??
Well I refuse to be bogged down by all that hogwash. While appropriate for serious musicians (their gravitas is actually in question), those questions just get in the way of my inspiration.
No, that's not success. If you measure success in dollars, you'll wind up doing more measuring than succeeding.
But when the music actually *does* something, when it affects someone else, that is success. When someone tells me "your music touched me very deeply," or "your music brings to mind my father, who has passed away," or "your music helps me concentrate," how can I not feel fulfilled? Something so personal, something so... autobiographical, now has value in someone else's life?
That is success. And I have succeeded.