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Many songwriters have been inspired by wheels, roads and driving to express love, feelings and situation in their songs:

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Katie Melua introduces us in 2005 to the nine million bycycles in Beijing in

“That’s a fact,

It’s a thing we can’t deny,

Like the fact that I will love you ’til I die.”

Hotel California is a place you can never leave, after driving there, and its even though you can check out any time you like – Eagles performs this longstanding hit in 1976.

Diplo “wanna ride with you ´till the wheels fall off” on coworked song Diplo/Thomas Wesley/Jonas Brothers 

“Until we’re running out of road

Wanna dance with you ’til the music stops

‘Til we got no place to go”

Fast Car expressing the trouble old man and hard life while driving – the song hits us as a second hit after Talking about a Revolution  when Tracy Chapman has her breakthrough in 1988 – and various artists continue to cover her work – here with Joan Blue, Dakota in 2018.

Black Rider, Bob Dylans on the legends latest album 2020. Dylan sings about “the road that you’re on, same road  that you know. Just not the same as it was a minute ago”

Lana Del Rey sings in 2012 about the big life road, her father’s life and herself hung in:

“Dying young and I’m playing hard

That’s the way my father made his life an art

Drink all day and we talk ’til dark

That’s the way the road doves do it, ride ’til dark”

Mette Kirkegaard – a songwriter myself – sings about a train trip from New York to Arizona on my song Train 2011 from the Ep Dry Wood.

“Hey you with that big fat smile do you still remember, when we crossed that extra mile to catch a train to Arizona”.

Daryl Braithwaite on the album Edge from 1988 encourages us to get on that Sugartrain.

“I took the time to count the miles on my face

It’s funny how the towns go by

I was standin’ on a dream long ago

I don’t know how I survived

Get on that sugar train…”

And finally The Eye of the Tiger leaves us with a feeling that the street builds up the soul of a strong man,  

1982, it was featured on Rocky III and sung by the American rock band Survivor

Risin’ up, back on the street

Did my time, took my chances

Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet

Just a man and his will to survive

Musicians Should also Look at these 4 Habits to Highly Effective Leadership

Michael Touchton, writes about leadership with empathy at Medium. 

I found his four habits of highly effective leaders very interesting – as well for musicians who at some point in their career need to set up a team of helping souls. 

Highly Effective Leaders: 

  1. They build a Challenge Network 
  • People who can show them how to change.
  1. They Expect Resistance From those They Lead – Expect it. Leadership is proactive response, and defensive reaction robs us of our leadership.
  2. They check out and take walks – dont overthink. Leadership is often about learning to manage your own internal emotions in the midst of an environment that can often feel chaotic and anxious.
  3. They Jump First – yes you heard it – if you want to cut payrolls – begin with your own – if your want their trust, you need to be the first one to jump in the water….

    Michael Touchton writes in Medium that:
    “Becoming a good leader is much more difficult than reading a bunch of books. Because becoming a good leader is about going through the sometimes painful experience of personal growth.”…

    How do you handle your leadership?

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