You may have seen me post this on Twitter the other day, but last Friday we had to take Lyla (one of our 3-month-old twin girls) to the hospital.

She ended up having to have surgery on her neck and was in the hospital for 5 days. She’s home now and doing fine. Needless to say, it’s been a crazy few days.

We were at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, and I saw so many sick kids while we were there. It hit me pretty hard. We live in a world where kids get sick. I can’t imagine being a parent of a kid with cancer. It’s heartbreaking.

It made me step back and take a look at my life.

Do I take things like healthy children for granted?

Am I thankful for what I have?

Do I focus on what’s really important or do I spend all my time on trivial stuff?

Am I moving towards my goals with regards to music? 

I did an exercise recently where I was supposed to write out all the things I would do if I was given an extra 20 years at the end of my life. The goal was to help identify the things that are truly important to me. The next question was simply, “What’s keeping you from doing those things now?”

If you’re reading this, then you’re like me. You’re passionate about music. Music is important to you.

But music is oftentimes the first thing to get put on the backburner. We’re tired. We’re busy. We have jobs and spouses and kids and commutes and responsibilities.

I get it.

But I also know that far too many people don’t “get around” to pursuing their passions until they find out they have cancer.

I don’t want that to be you.

I want you to make lots of great music. I want you to have this big playlist in iTunes called “My Portfolio,” that has dozens and dozens of finished songs, beautiful music, stuff you can be proud of.

That’s why I run Home Studio Corner.

That’s why I create training videos and memberships.

That’s why I post in-depth videos every week for my VIP members.

I want to give you both the inspiration and the know-how to get in your studio and make something great.

What’s holding you back?

It might be time for a wake-up call.

To better music,

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

  • Owen Poteat

    Joe I’m sorry to hear about your daughter. I know from experience how trying that can be and I’m betting there’s lots of conflict in trying to prioritize your time. On one hand you’d probably like to spend every waking moment with your children, but then, you’d probably all end up homeless so that need to provide kicks in. We’re lucky that we get to “work” doing something we’d do for free anyway so that’s a good thing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I learn from your thoughts and videos on a regular basis and struggle to prioritize time in the studio. I’ll live in it for a few weeks and then never see it for a few weeks. I’ve got to learn to be much more consistent in my approach. You help with that. Owen

  • My wake up call comes every year at the end of July, around my birthday. I was born 6 weeks premature, which isn’t as big of a deal now as it was back in 1988. I’ve known this for most of my life, but a few years back, maybe 5 or 6 years ago, on a trip to a concert with my dad, he started tearing up as he related to me that I wasn’t supposed to make it out of the hospital. And once I did, I wasn’t supposed to make it past the first year.

    Here I am at 25, and I’m reminded every year that I’m living on borrowed time. So I try to use the time I have, and the good health I’m fortunate enough to be blessed with, to do what I love most, and what brings me the most joy, and what ultimately saved my life when I was a teenager as well: play guitar and make music.:)