No. I do not have any illusion that I am a good singer. Yes, I wish I were. It would make things so much easier for me. What I am is someone who tries to make the best of what I have. And, what I have is a cheap guitar, the ability to sometimes write songs, the desire to find someone to play the songs I write in public, and a lot of time on my hands. And, the cover songs that I sing, I would say they come from a (however brief) part of my life that is important to me in that they tell why I am who I am today, and I want to see if those brief moments mean anything to someone else. Besides, I figure if someone that is no better of a singer than Bob Dylan (remember his work from the ‘60’s) can make a gazillion dollars with his songs maybe I can learn to provide some entertainment for people from a sidewalk in downtown Megalopolis, America. So, I will keep working at my music. And, maybe someday I will have the opportunity to play for an audience that appreciates the fact that I at least want to use what I have to try to entertain them.
The best that I think I will ever be able to do, and all I really want to do, is make enough money to allow me to travel to work with my photography and music. My retirement pension is enough to keep a roof over my head, and to feed me. So, basically the breakdown of my income from my music and photography will go like this:
25% - to pay travel expenses.
25% - to buy business equipment, pay business expenses and grow my businesses of photography and music.
25% - personal salary for a better diet, luxuries such as entertainment, and an improved lifestyle.
25% - to charities such as Wounded Warriors, and a child and elderly abuse center.
I am lucky in that I have no need for anything else. My God and my pension meets my needs for today.