My favorite story of all time is Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Recently I’ve gotten a chance to read the comics, which is more of a prequel to the novels and it’s really been great to visit that universe. Or as they say in their world, that level of the tower.
The story is about a gunslinger name Roland who is trying to reach a place which he believes will solve his problems. Along the way, he meets a lot of friends and overcomes ALOT of hardship. The man sees some shieet !
There are a lot of things musicians can learn from Roland Deschain, son of Steven Deschain.
(1) Be obsessed with what you’re trying to achieve.
In order to accomplish anything of great importance, you have to be consumed by it night and day and night again. Your goal is all you think about. Roland, especially in the beginning, made some pretty crazy sacrifices to keep going with his goal of reaching The Dark Tower. A musician has to have goals and has to be completely obsessed with them.
(2) Great friends are everything.
One of the themes of the Dark Tower is the idea of Ka-Tet. A Ka-Tet is essentially a crew bonded by a much greater purpose. Gifted from The Universe. Roland, along the way to The Dark Tower, comes across certain people, one by one, and although reluctant at first, slowly comes to trust them, sees their necessity and learns to love them.
A support group is everything. Even in Napoleon Hill’s book How To Think And Grow Rich, the idea of The Mastermind is what makes or break a career. If you want to be a musician, you have to find a team to help you.
(3) Tell Stories to Inspire
Within the pages of The Dark Tower, there are stories within stories. There’s a couple of books in there that are flashbacks, which Roland tells his Ka-Tet, one to let them know more about himself. And two, in order to help them understand that this is not an easy task. They might die being around him.
But with that being said, if Roland has made it this far, his Ka-Tet also has every reason to believe that they are part of a greater purpose and they should keep going, no matter how dark the road may get sometimes.
(4) It’s The Journey That Changes You
One of the things I’ve learned about being a musician is that going at a problem incessantly and finally solving it, changes you. It makes you think better, believe in yourself and believe there really is a higher purpose at work. Plus it’s just fun as hell realizing “HEY THIS IS IT WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR! I CAN DO IT NOW!”
As a musician, always take the time to realize how far you’ve come along in your skills and your journey.
Comment below on how you feel your journey as a musician/artist/writer has changed you.