Watched a documentary recently about Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey, both major league knuckleball pitchers. At the time of the documentary, Tim and R.A. were the ONLY knuckleballers in all of pro baseball.

Just two.

(Fun fact: R.A. is actually from Nashville and is a member at my church.)

If you’re not familiar with it, the knuckleball is a pitch that doesn’t spin. Since there’s no spin, the ball tends to “dance around” randomly, which makes it really hard to hit.

It’s also a really difficult pitch to throw. Not many pitchers have made careers out of being full-time knuckleballers.

Knuckleballers are weirdos.

While everybody else is trying to throw 100 mph fastballs and killer curveballs and sliders, the knuckleballer is tossing up this slow, freaky pitch that makes some batters look like complete morons.

And guess what? You’re a weirdo, too.

While your friends spend the weekend playing golf or boating on the lake, you’re sitting in your dark studio, tweaking a mix.

While your friends are watching Monday Night Football, you’re tracking guitars for an EP.

When your friends come over, they “ooh” and “ah” at the pretty lights in your studio, but when you try to talk to them about music and recording, their eyes glaze over.

You and me? We’re weirdos.

One thing about the Knuckleballer documentary that I liked is how much R.A. and Tim rely on mentors, retired pitchers who share what they learned from their years of experience.

Even weirdos need help.

Even weirdos need mentors.

Who’s your mentor? Dave Pensado? Graham Cochrane? Kevin Ward?

I don’t care who you choose, but you need someone to help you take your music to the next level, someone with more experience than you.

And if you’re a super-weirdo, and for some reason you’d like ME to be your mentor, I’d be honored. Head over to the link below and join my VIP membership:

The members area is full of weirdos…who are making great music.

Joe Gilder
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