If given the opportunity would you record an album? Somebody comes up to you and says they want to record you singing your favorite songs, would you do it? Maybe yes, maybe no, it depends on your personality but I’ve always figured why not? What’s the downside? You’ll suck? So what? You’ll suck no matter if someone hears that you suck or not. Is it that others will be listening and judging you? Again, so what? If given the opportunity they’d either record an album just like you did or they wouldn’t. And if they didn’t give it a shot wouldn’t that make them a punk? A coward? A chump? Because it’s always worth a shot. At the very least it’s an experience and who knows maybe you discover a passion you never knew existed. I am not much of a singer (if you want proof check out The Phantom of the Space Opera on youtube, I’m the Phantom) and yet I’d say yes in a second.

Why not try?

People mock movie and TV stars when they dare try something new and take up music and admittedly many are not very good at it. But the mockery is almost more about the ‘How dare they!’ kind of indignation rather than mocking the actual music. As if people should stay in the little box we’ve crafted in our own minds about their work. As if one cannot be a good actor as well as a good singer. Tell that to Frank, or Sammy, or Dean. The mockery usually only extends from one side, actors trying their hands at music and not musicians trying their hands at acting. They might suck but the effort is noble.

Why not try?

I meet a lot of aspiring writers and I also meet a lot of aspiring aspiring writers. People who aspire to one day getting behind a computer and giving it a shot. And yet they never do. They have ideas, they want to do it and yet something keeps them from giving it a shot. Fear? Embarrassment? The knowledge of their own suckitude? And they will suck, because everyone sucks right out the gate. Sucking isn’t a problem; not learning from your suckiness is the problem. But in the end the only people who see the work are the ones that you want to see the work so why worry? Is it ego? That they think they shouldn’t suck and should be awesome right away? They worry that their self image can’t live up to their actual ability? All possible but who cares? You won’t know until you try and it’s better by far to know the truth than believe the lie. Why? Because no one around you believes the lie you tell yourself. They need proof. You need proof.

Why not try?

For years I could both draw and write and yet never did I try to match the two together. There are no crappy comic strips I made in Elementary School hanging about. I always said I didn’t want to do a comic strip but that wasn’t the case; I just didn’t have the ability. And instead of trying and failing and learning and trying some more I just tried other things. I worked hard at those things but my fear prevented me from trying a comic strip. I crept up on it, circled and finally, finally, finally gave it a shot.

Why not try?

Because I might have failed and looked foolish doing it. I’m a decent artist, a good writer and if I sucked when trying to marry the two? Well, then it never would have made it online.

I don’t think Dodge The Bullet sucks. I think it works on a lot of levels. It can and will get better but I like what I’ve been able to do so far.

Why not try?

No reason whatsoever.