How I Went from College Professor to Deli Worker

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On today’s live stream I discuss my journey that took me from being a College Professor to Deli Worker.

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Pentium Anos atrás
Great story. The moral of this tale: there are few things in life as reliable as a Honda Civic.
Jekku 8 meses atrás
Had a God-given (a story in itself) Civic for 15 years! Now have a 2010 CRV, still kicking & ticking! 👍
Tubes12AX7k 9 meses atrás
I kept thinking "boy, I wonder how many miles he had on that Civic?"
Richard Joseph
Richard Joseph 11 meses atrás
dylans voice
dylans voice 11 meses atrás
yeah he's got a secret sponsor from honda ! -_-
Faller Stephan
Faller Stephan 11 meses atrás
Honda gang! I’ve had a civic, accord and crv. All great cars.
Peter Dhanes
Peter Dhanes 2 dias atrás
I know I am a bit late to the dance but wonderful story. It seems to me that we all suffer a bit for our dreams but eventually we all find our way if we don't give up trying. I worked in a Deli too when I was younger - epic lunch breaks!
Nelson Smith
Nelson Smith Anos atrás
The two things I really got from this are that: 1. It pays to have skills. 2. It seriously pays to have real friends.
Boromir Of Middle Earth
js290 7 meses atrás
soft skillz are often times more important than the hard skillz
Istana Angin
Istana Angin 8 meses atrás
I have one of those
J Hartley
J Hartley Anos atrás
Rick, I'm a non-musician which mean i understand 10% of your regular vids...but i adore your presentation style. And this story tops anything i've seen in a long, long time. Kudos to you for not giving up.
Jonathan Braithwaite
Can we take a moment to appreciate this man's networking skills. Seems to me to be the baseline of this story.
HNX Media
HNX Media 19 dias atrás
It's not what you know, but who you know. That will open more doors than anything.
Donna di Lode
Donna di Lode 6 meses atrás
Biggest asset: he's good-looking. Doors open. Let's be real.
Koan Tao
Koan Tao 7 meses atrás
However, at the base of everything was his Master in music. And for that he had to work a lot.
Juan Arocha
Juan Arocha 7 meses atrás
It is crucial to survive in this business
Becky D'Agostino
Becky D'Agostino 10 meses atrás
yes, my God the webs woven and connected. I have some similar prev paths, and can appreciate his skill and basic goodness.
JDog 8 meses atrás
The most amazing thing about this story is how many people just let Rick crash on their couch. Not only would my friends not let me crash on their couch but I dont even have friends.
samgod 11 meses atrás
All the talent and skill in the world won't get you far without charm and amiability. Rick talks to us with a smile, like we're all buds. What I love about him is how he rattles off names, chords, and gear like he's talking shop with a fellow music industry veteran. It's rare to find BRvid comment sections filled with only gratitude, admiration and praise. "The story can't end here."
Anthony Jones
Anthony Jones Anos atrás
Not much impresses me after the life I've lived, but this guy's depth of knowledge impresses me immensely. And the story of your transformation from wage slave to hacking away at your dream until it finally came true is nothing short of awesome. Well played sir.
Kevin McPartland
Kevin McPartland 11 meses atrás
This is a fabulous story: I was amused and spellbound simultaneously. I am going to send this video to my 28-year-old son as a way of demonstrating that you can navigate through uncertainty and ultimately fulfill your dreams. Thank you Rick!
Blue Bagoo - English Kids Songs & Nursery Rhymes
The real story within the story is about Rick's parents and his family. He spends 60 seconds on it. They pay for his car, get him back on his feet, and happily send him back out to follow his dream - an extreme longshot. Very rare.
Stelladona Confredo Butler
True Enough
Keith Crossley
Keith Crossley 11 meses atrás
@jacques Cousteau Bring back Scorgies!
Tracy Tobias
Tracy Tobias 11 meses atrás
@SillyFaces2 AMEN!! I wish I had had the support Rick had. He was definitely blessed.
Mark Ferguson
Mark Ferguson Anos atrás
@Mattie Mclean You never want to discourage anyone, but in the States,anyway,-it's helluva rough without family support and finances.
corryjookit Anos atrás
@Mark Ferguson Which do you play ? I don't know his age so don't know yours.
Chromatic Nomadic
Chromatic Nomadic Anos atrás
Another moral of the story: don't give up or complain that your life isn't happening, just keep working and don't be ashamed to do whatever you have to do for success.
Michael 9 meses atrás
And have a lot of friends or wind up homeless.
2RROC Anos atrás
It's what I call the "curse of near great talent"... maybe "undiscovered talent" too. Glad I took the other path, cuz Rick, you are so very talented and like many others, you followed your dream. Much respect!
dmeyerbcp 11 meses atrás
Love this... thinking back... every job I ever had taught me something. At the time its not where you want to end up but it's an integral part of the journey. Rick could have just went back to being a college professor but something made him keep going in another direction. This guy is not only entertaining, skilled, and humble... he has balls. Attributes for making and keeping friends like he does.... sure Rick, you can crash on my couch anytime.
Kelly P
Kelly P Anos atrás
You have to go on Wikipedia and add “couch surfer” next to “producer, engineer” This was such an amazing story Rick. Can I just say that I enjoyed listening to this as much as anything else you’ve done here on BRvid and would love to hear more stories…please. You’re a really good story teller
Bruce Trappleton
Bruce Trappleton Anos atrás
I love that the most repeated sentence in the story is “I can’t do this anymore, I quit!!”. LOVE IT. That sense of freedom and uneasiness, all combined, and suddenly decide to change direction. Man, love that!!
Griffin Wahl
Griffin Wahl Anos atrás
That was powerfully inspiring, Rick. I've just picked back up the viola after 3 years of it staying in its case, moving all the way from Denver to New Orleans about a year ago. Being a musician had been my only identity for 14 years of my life. I stopped playing because I was feeling bad about myself for where I wasn't with music, how I screwed away my shot at a tuition-free music school education right out of high school, and the list goes on. I chose other responsibilities and found a new identity for myself that wasn't music, and I learned my integrity and self-worth was more than just one thing. After being lovingly pressured by wonderful new friends here to get back into my art in a music city that cherishes that above all else, I am freaking loving it. All the music I listened to in the past 3 years has given me phrasing abilities that I can't wait to regain the technique to properly execute. "My story doesn't stop here."
Bear-Head Studios
Bear-Head Studios 11 meses atrás
I've Installed windows & doors, cooked in fine dining restaurants, installed wireless AP systems... but nothing has given me more satisfaction than creating music. Great story rick.
Jekku 8 meses atrás
Rick, *loved* your story! I started out laughing at your roster of misadventures, but by the end, I was in tears! I'm your age, and like you, I have done a lot of things (dull office jobs mostly) in the 30-odd years I've been stuck in Dallas. But...I don't want that to be the end of my story. Lately, my creative side is _screaming_ to get out, but in what capacity, I just don't know. Feels like my years of desk jobs have squelched those small flickering embers of any real creativity I once had years ago. _However,_ YOU GIVE ME HOPE! Hope that I can somehow fan those embers into a roaring bonfire before too much longer. After all, 60 is the new 40, so they say. Plus, I already have a Honda. 👍😉
Deborah Andreivich
Deborah Andreivich 7 meses atrás
Rick, thank you for telling your story! Huge props to you for following your passion & allowing your dream to unfold, even when you had NO IDEA how it would. Admire your talent & gifts, you inspire me. Love your channel. ❤️❤️❤️❤️♥️
Dude Abides
Dude Abides Anos atrás
Terrific story told from the honest perspective of the one who lived it. The pursuit of your dream reminds me of that quote from Woody Allen who stated back in 1977: "I have learned one thing. ‘Showing up is 80 percent of life.’ Sometimes it’s easier to hide home in bed. I’ve done both." And what a great supportive family and parents to assist you in your pursuit. Keep on keeping on brother.
spencer ellison
spencer ellison 9 meses atrás
I love this story. Success means a lot of things. It comes with effort and persistence though. I remember my first year in engineering school. After two months I came across an art major and it was there I found out there was a such thing as a Graphic Artist. The fact that you could draw for a living was amazing to me. I went home and told my mother and she was not having it. Finally she said, "you're gonna need something to fall back on in case that "dream" doesn't pan out. I told her, I also know how to play the drums. Through her anger and disbelief she said, "dammit!! your fall back needs a fall back!" I was determined and found what I really could commit matter what. This isn't a story about how I became rich and famous cause i followed my dream... it's a story about how, even after thirty years, I'm still rocking and drawing, I live on my own and I have never hit the snooze button. Money is great... Happiness is better. If you can, make money doing what makes you happy.
Steven Harp
Steven Harp 11 meses atrás
This is a great story actually I worked as a school district Plant Manager Custodian for 31 years until I got hurt and retired when I was 52 with a damaged Cervical Spine but music and playing guitar has always been my first choice and that’s what I’m doing now only thing is I’m 58 years old. I can say that over the years I’ve met and hung out with most rock stars and have had a great life that without the job I had I wouldn’t had been able to do anything of things that I’ve done.
shane jett
shane jett Anos atrás
Great story, by a great story teller. I'm not a muso, just a fan of music and personal journeys. Love to read an autobiography from Rick.
Keke Boj
Keke Boj 6 meses atrás
Love listening to Rick, the stories, the interviews and his love for music. It’s heart-warming and brings a smile on my face.
Tunemxr Anos atrás
The cool thing Rick, is that landed on your feet doin the Lord’s work! You’ve brought infinite joy to us guitarists by unlocking the hidden secrets of riffs and theories so many of us were searching for…
Dan Reed
Dan Reed Anos atrás
You know Rick, by telling us your life's stories, by opening up to us, you make us feel like your friend. That means, that whether you want us or not, you have a whole bunch of friends that you've never met. I for one, am glad to be included in that group.
John Munro
John Munro Anos atrás
You definitely feel like this is how he would tell you his story in person. It does feel very honest and quite intimate. Makes him endlessly watchable.
Douglas Hill
Douglas Hill Anos atrás
Rick, that was a great story, and you're a great storyteller! You seem to attract great people, like all the one's who have written comments here. Life is full of wonders! Keep the love flowing!
Igor M (makemarker)
Rick, you shine.. one can just tell that you're a great and humble guy. Everything you do here is top notch.
Simon Patterson
Simon Patterson Anos atrás
Amazing how much the kindness of strangers and acquaintences who let you sleep on their couches carried you through for so long.
LGW27 Anos atrás
Rick, why would you block this out of your mind? This is an enviable life path. You went with the flow. You didn't let fear of the future keep you from putting yourself out there. Who cares what kind of employment kept you afloat. My father always said that there was no shame in honest work. Fact is, I moved across the country from Ohio to central California and washed dishes in a nursing home after graduating from college. I worked with some great people. Fear of change did not stop me. Life was good. I later moved to the mountain region of Northern California where I met my husband. I'm now back in my hometown. I would not exchange those 20 years in California for anything. It made me the person I am. Your experience made you the person you are. I bet 10 to 1 that you are a kinder person to service employees than you were before you started your journey. Life is what you make of it and you have given it your greatest effort. Now you're out teaching all of us on BRvid which is so cool. We all love you and what you do!
Jani Allan
Jani Allan Anos atrás
I was a columnist on the Sunday Times for ten years. I was once voted the most admired person in South Africa. Now I am a barista in Starbucks. You are brilliant, Mr Beato!
Turaco Studio 7
Turaco Studio 7 11 meses atrás
I for one remember you :-)
J Krieger
J Krieger 11 meses atrás
KEEP GOING. My father immigrated to US from Africa. I don’t want to put too much personal information out but he went from nothing to being a very well-off president for a massive company here. When I say nothing…I mean NOTHING. And when he had nothing I was born, but he NEVER quit. You’re talented, never stop, KEEP GOING.
theo rai
theo rai 11 meses atrás
Never give up jani
Col Oaten
Col Oaten Anos atrás
Rick, please don't ever apologise for telling us a great story that goes on for 30 minutes. If it had lasted 60 minutes I still would've been here, listening, nodding along as you mention people/events that you've previously mentioned. You're a great storyteller who has great stories to tell and we WANT to hear them :)
peanutbutterisfu Anos atrás
I absolutely love when he tells his life stories I watch them a bunch of times it’s super interesting. I wish I had the same mindset, the drive he had to keep going and not give up when I was in bands! I just don’t know how he kept going. In my opinion the hardest part about trying to make a band work is finding the right musicians people that put music first before everything who take it very seriously can actually play show up willing to tour move out of state be broke out everything they have into the music and everyone musically gets along! If you get the right musicians and make good music you can play shows, you can tour there are garbage bands that tour you can get a certain level of success that doesn’t mean you will be rich or famous but a decent band can make some good noise, can play shows with bigger bands you really can do some really cool stuff even if ur not getting famous in any way it’s really not out of the question but getting the right musicians is just the hardest thing to do idk how he mentally could deal with being in so many bands over and over again. It’s like trying to find that perfect employee they almost never exist you either get an employee that does absolutely great work but doesn’t show up half the time or an employee that shows up but sucks lol
Rusty Wood music
Rusty Wood music Anos atrás
Totally agree, Col Carter!
John C
John C Anos atrás
Set me up with a drink and I'll listen for three hours!
Sebastian Dudek
Sebastian Dudek Anos atrás
Don`t worry Rick, this was real worth the 30 minutes of my time. You`re a legend. Learning a lot with you.
Rob Mickatavage
Rob Mickatavage Anos atrás
Rick, I really enjoyed this. I’m an IC grad too and would’ve loved having you as my music theory teacher (I forget who mine was). I was too immature to study, spent too much time partying and barely graduated in 1980 with a BA in History. My voice teacher didn’t allow me to join a rock band (said I’d ruin my voice). 😡 Joined USMC soon after and got to see the world on Uncle Sam’s dime. I’m Proud of your accomplishments!
nerfnerfification Anos atrás
Amazing story - first for your determination to make it regardless and secondly for the low value places on even really good musicians like yourself. I gave up at nearly the first obstacle in comparison.
Vesper Anos atrás
Wow I am exhausted listening to this story! You were so focused and determined! And willing to throw it all to the wind. Very brave! And what great family and friends you have helping you out no matter what you were doing!
Steve Vettraino
Steve Vettraino Anos atrás
In addition to a great multitude of outstanding musical abilities, you are also a captivating storyteller and one hell of an interesting guy.
Andy Hair
Andy Hair Anos atrás
Great story. My son is trying to get his music in front of people and he's had so many knockbacks over the last couple of years but he's never given up. He's working in a frozen food shop during the day and gigging evenings and weekends. Never give up and when success comes it will have been earned.
Dapper Random Dude
Dapper Random Dude Anos atrás
I hope he hangs on to his dreams. Is there somewhere I could listen to his music or what's his name/band.
Brick Boys
Brick Boys Anos atrás
Seems like his story always ends up with him being a teacher. The college journey was short, but teaching music, and now teaching on BRvid. Which isn't a bad thing, he seems really great at it.
Jay Johnson
Jay Johnson 11 dias atrás
Great story! It blew my mind you played with Ivy-- I got their record Long Distance back in college in the 2010s and loved it so much. I also have a guitar I was given by a former student of yours, and similarly play a Mexican strat. So this story definitely struck a few chords with me. Good motivation to keep going through hard times when they arise!
bigscaryindian Anos atrás
It's very important for musicians to hear stories like this. Some might think it's madness that drives this behavior, but it's really love. Love for music and the freedom that can be found within it.
George Barry
George Barry Anos atrás
@jake london I couldnt have said it better. I have been in the game for..lets say more than a decade...NOONE DOES IT ALONE. Every kindness shown. Every tip in the tip jar. It's what keeps me going. Lets be clear: The bizness is really in a bad way. It has never been harder,in some ways. But Music is divine...and is its own reward.
jake london
jake london Anos atrás
@physics2112My takeaway is that talent, craft skill, plus luck, hard work, and community support were deciding factors. Nobody does it alone. Like most people, without the support of family and friends, Rick might have had to abandon the dream. But in addition to musical talent and good luck, Rick also had the training to be able to jump into a lot of different kinds of situations and use his musical talent. So if the gig required reading music or picking stuff up really fast, he had the training to do that. Same goes for teaching guitar lessons or bass. He wasn't just a good player. He had the skills to teach, some of which he no doubt learned in music school. There are many great players who don't have that kind of training. So they are not as well situated to make money doing the less sexy music-related stuff, like teaching guitar, picking up a cover band gig at the last minute, or playing 3 hours of solo chord melody on a classical guitar. To the extent that there's a middle class of musicians, a lot of them are doing those less sexy things. And they're doing them because they acquired those skills at some point. This story is a good reminder of that. I appreciated Rick's candor here. On the one hand, he was brave enough to give up something secure (the teaching job) to pursue something more speculative. Many people can't or won't do that. On the other hand, he got a lot of help, he wasn't too proud to do what was required, and his skills helped him to a good outcome.
bigscaryindian Anos atrás
@physics2112 well my comment isn’t so much about the outcome. More about what drives the behavior.
Ricardo Rodriguez
Ricardo Rodriguez Anos atrás
And so many of the people you find in a life of music are really lovely and giving
Matt Gilbert
Matt Gilbert Anos atrás
@physics2112 It's mostly luck
Ben-jamin Anos atrás
Great story Rick. Thank you for sharing with me. I appreciate you and your content. God bless you and your family..
Ben DeC
Ben DeC 11 meses atrás
Your story is amazing. Honestly, painful to hear. At least, I assume, for those of us that tried to realize the recording artist dream without success. The one thing that struck me while you were speaking was how important this pursuit was for me and (I'm sure many of us) and I have to note that I really think folks from our age group were really impacted by the necessity to make this journey. To me it doesn't seem to have been such a problem for those a little younger than us. And I have a theory that's because it wasn't as important or validating for younger folks. Those that came before us, I feel, had an easier time of it while the industry was young, but I'm sure I'm jaded. My story, while similar, was not as committed. Instead I struggled with keeping a foot in corporate life while spending all my time and MONEY with crazy recording projects and playing all the NYC original music dives - on and on it went. I'm also about to turn 60 in a few months and I'm convinced that people our age were compelled to pursue this journey because, for us, in the era of we came up, the social credibility was so huge it would be the supreme validation!!! Looking back I'm not sure why I needed this validation but it was clear I did. I spent years playing original music in all the Bleeker street and east village dives - UNTIL, I watched the towers come down standing in Sinatra park in Jersey City on my way to work. That's the moment I realized that I needed to take my life off pause and move onto the next phase. I was married to my long time girl friend the following April (God bless she stuck around with a ring on her finger for 7 years). My first son came in '03, second in '06. I still play and lead my band and do a few gigs a year local. But those years, the same years you mentioned, basically the entire 90's into early 00's were crazy. I'm sure if the 60 year old me met the 32 year old me and said "hey this is how this plays out" I probably would have said f-off and done exactly the same thing anyway. Funny side note , my older son plays guitar, pretty well actually, and he even spends a lot of time working out the same classic rock material we have in our toolbox but for him it has no real significance. He doesn't even like his friends to know he plays... go figure.
Jo Stephens
Jo Stephens 10 meses atrás
I’m on a similar journey. I’m 32, taught for 5 years at one of the best schools around near my home town then left to take a new road in the big city… so far I’ve spent the last year doing similar lowly paid jobs while I figure out the plan. It’s so comforting to hear your words in this moment. Thank you x
Adam Levy Guitar Tips
Totally inspiring to hear your stories, Rick. I didn't know how you ended up where you are. I appreciate you even more now!
Art Kane
Art Kane Anos atrás
Your kids will value this story when they see it again in 50 years. Well told, Rick.
John from Peconic County
Rick! I love your story. I was so reminded of my own story I was smiling from ear to ear the entire half hour. I’m not a musician, I was trained as an architect, but my story is so parallel through the exact same time period, I can’t believe I never ran into you. Anyhow, it’s true, you do what you have to do to get through it. Some people would call me a success now, but I’ll look back on all the crazy jobs I had, working in the deli, lol, cleaning pools, and I started out as a college professor, like yourself. Life is funny, but wonderful if you let it be.
David Scanlan
David Scanlan Anos atrás
In this story, "No Record Deal" = "This band wasn't going anywhere." 28 years later, Rick makes a video about how artists don't need to be signed to be successful. For better and worse, we're progressing!
Tim Mund
Tim Mund Anos atrás
I love all of your videos Rick, but this was by far my favorite one!
Robert Giles
Robert Giles 11 meses atrás
Like most musicians I know... I've worked all sorts of jobs. Also worked all sorts of gigs in music from Weddings to Cafe gigs. I saw some of the best musicians barely making any money...often more as teachers rather than players. One morning I came out of my Apt. in Oakland to go to my Graphics job and the best musician I know was painting the Apt. hallway. You have to keep in mind that it's a privilege to even play music and to have the freedom of choice to do so. If one reads art History you quickly find out that many of the famous names we know now went through tough times...some their whole life. So never feel like some lowly job is beneath you. It teaches humility for sure.
Tony Ledbetter
Tony Ledbetter Anos atrás
"...Do stuff and figure out your path." What a great saying, no wonder Rick is such a success!
1banjrpkr Anos atrás
You have the guts and love for music that many of us had earlier in life, but didn't have the balls to see it thru. Good on ya brother! 😎👍
dyno mike
dyno mike Anos atrás
Q: What is the difference between a large pizza and a musician? A: a large pizza can feed a family of four
ruinerhalo 11 meses atrás
@Internet People No, that's what you say if you don't know what you're talking about.
Pierre Dufresne
Pierre Dufresne Anos atrás
@Internet People Wait, that's backwards.
corryjookit Anos atrás
@Internet People I like that, but I was an exception, having two lots of money coming in on a regular basis from age 15 years old. Now I think about it, it's mostly how my life went. Good joke, and I'm sure there's more.
Internet People
Internet People Anos atrás
What do you say to a professional musician? "Would you like fries with that?"
stracepipe Anos atrás
What's the difference between a jazz musician and a life assurance policy? A life assurance policy eventually matures and makes some money.
jldrdotcom 10 meses atrás
That was quite a story. I enjoyed it and look how far you came! All those guitars in the background, all your talent. It's actually inspiring! John
Tony Miller
Tony Miller Anos atrás
Best story on you tube, " Just go out and do stuff" - the best advice there is. Life is far to random to have much a plan -
Gordon Smith
Gordon Smith Anos atrás
Rick, seems like your biggest help was great friends and family. Probably because you are a real honest great guy. Wonderful that you reached your goal. Well done, my friend.
jerseyweb Anos atrás
Great story Rick! The struggles of every young person. Seems funny and comical when you look back but you made it Rick!
Steve Wellman
Steve Wellman Anos atrás
I’m 72 but still feel, most of the time, like I’m 27 and am in the exact middle of designing and building the World’s First Hyperbike motorcycle. Other than that, your story and my story are identical. I love your story, I’m learning to love my own story!(hard work but what else is there?). Love your channel!!
Keith Butler
Keith Butler 11 meses atrás
Love this story...makes me wish I'd been a little braver in my earlier years 🙂
Sprite Anos atrás
Rick! This is a beautiful story! It made me cry because you so humbly and authentically shared your journey with us, which many of us have experienced the same such character-building situations. I was so broke in 2010, trying to keep the house for my 3 kids while changing careers due to the recession I once found a bag of fresh broccoli on the sidewalk outside a produce store while on a walk and I took it home and we had it for dinner (with some chicken.) So much happened to me that year that could’ve broke me, but in the end it made me realize I’m so much more than a job, a house, and what the world rewards as successful. You’re awesome, thank you! ♥️
LGW27 Anos atrás
Did you ever listen to "Me" by Paula Cole? "I am not my house, my job, my songs. They are only stops along my way." This song inspires me.
lars2112 8 meses atrás
Apart from being a really skilled musician and educator, you are an amazing storyteller. Which, I guess, is what teaching is about.
HERETIConFIRE Anos atrás
I can't believe I stayed for the whole 34:08 minutes, great journey Rick
MikeShawToday 11 meses atrás
Hey Rick - Thank you, brother. I was going through a dark night of the soul just now, and this video dropped in. That last five minutes had me crying with gratitude. I'm okay now and I have the inspiration to go on with this next chapter of my life. You've wiped away all my self-doubts. What a powerful healing story, Rick. Thank you for every minute of it, and thank you for being you.
Derry Brinley
Derry Brinley Anos atrás
Thank you for sharing your experience! Lesson for all of us. You just keep the faith, practice, and keep moving forward!
4ster P
4ster P Anos atrás
Bless your heart. I love your channel so much, it helps me tremendously with my depression. Idk what I would do without my guitar and and your channel. Keep up the amazing work!
Philip Michel
Philip Michel Anos atrás
Rick you have been blessed with family and friends that kept you going toward your destiny. Cracked me up when you told the story of Doug in Atlanta and his plot to keep you there!
William Brooks
William Brooks Anos atrás
I love listening to your stories about your path to attaining your dream! Your a phenomenal musician thank you Rick and no you didn't go on too long! This story will inspire everyone who takes the time to listen to you tell it I know it has inspired me!
Marc Rivera
Marc Rivera 7 meses atrás
You were ahead of your time sir. Thank you for inspiring so many people along the way. Godspeed sir
Tom 10 meses atrás
ive come back to listen to this a few times now, and has really resonated with me. its romantic to see someone from humble beginnings with no light at the end of the tunnel, see it through and come out the other side. thank you for sharing rick, its inspiring.
Singing FEDEX MAN Josh Campbell
These stories are priceless for up and coming musicians. Makes you realize you’ve “only just begun”
K Grimmett
K Grimmett 11 meses atrás
Yes, great storytime. Truly enjoyed it. You had my undivided attention!THANK YOU!
Matt Potter
Matt Potter Anos atrás
Great, amazing story, you are a great story teller and I'm sure everyone subscribed to this channel wants to hear more, I know I do, but I wish you could include some pictures of you back then so we could all see the younger Rick and his friends. Maybe you don't have these, it wasn't going to be the highest priority on your mind back then, but if you have them could you please find a way to share on these videos, if it's not too much to ask? I found myself thinking what did all these places look like. Even if it's not pictures of you then the areas and venues it would help embellish the story,, which is an amazing story. Maybe you should think about writing a book as well? Keep this kind of content coming, your story sounds an incredible one!!!
Matt Murphy
Matt Murphy 11 meses atrás
Thank you for sharing your story! That was so genuine and awesome!
Jeff Coyne
Jeff Coyne 10 meses atrás
Rick, I've been listening for a few years. Your knowledge of music brings me a back constantly. I have only recently indulged my interest by learning bass. I look forward to every episode. Hearing you reproduce so many awesome lics just tells me my passion is worth it. I enjoy alternately playing the Cajon with keyboards after learning a bass riff. Rush, Steely Dan,Dire Straits, VH,so many others, Just keep going.
Lijo Thomas
Lijo Thomas 9 meses atrás
Amazing story Rick. I guess I'm in that couch-sleeping phase now. So inspiring to hear this. Gotta give it your all for music 😊 Btw did you get to get your own music out ?
Randel Niemann
Randel Niemann 8 meses atrás
Rick, Thank you so much for sharing your incredible journey. You are a musical treasure! Perseverance personified!
MarkBarna1 Anos atrás
I have a similar tale, as in my 30s I was managing a Berkeley apartment building while writing for regional and national magazines. Things don't always work out even if you give it your all, but you learn a lot about life and yourself along the way. You see the possibilities AND the limits. Rick became a success and it appears content, even though he did not become the next big thing solo artist. Rick also has an enthusiasm that many 59-year-olds simply don't have. Congrats.
James Craig
James Craig Anos atrás
You had a passion for your music career! And you have reached your goal! Teaching others and inspiring them, no matter what their passion is. Thank you Rick!
Sludge Factor
Sludge Factor Anos atrás
Awesome story! That’s why I love the underground so much! It’s just people who love playing out of their love for music. Sure everyone is looking for the big break, but most follow this path whether they make it or not. I try to buy bands a drink every time I go to a show. I figure they appreciate it. Of course I buy their music and merch as well. If bands don’t get any support, they can’t continue to make those sounds we enjoy so much!
Beverly Meredith
Beverly Meredith Anos atrás
I love this even though I have no connection to the music industry, I'm a CPA. It's still a great lesson in looking at every day as an adventure and an opportunity. I love the fact that people in music are so open and generous and all about the next gig! Great story!
Fraliu Music
Fraliu Music 11 meses atrás
Thank you Rick for sharing your story.More entertaining than anything I've seen on Netflix lately.✌️😎
Lucky Piston
Lucky Piston Anos atrás
Somewhere in the tail end of this story Rick met his wife, so the couch surfing guitar player ends up in Atlanta meets his wife and falls in love, so Ricks first love was his guitar and then after migrating through the music scene at the time and ending up in Atlanta he meets his second love. it would be interesting to hear that part of the story and learn what her influence was on Rick.
Pete Stanton
Pete Stanton Anos atrás
property? a good day job? Those things r extremely influential 2 musicians eventually : D
Lucky Piston
Lucky Piston Anos atrás
@Scott McGregor That advice could apply to a number of goals, i would add to it that when you are ready to take on an other, scan the world, not just whatever backyard you happen to be in !
Scott McGregor
Scott McGregor Anos atrás
@Pete Stanton again, that is just advice. Very rarely when musicians are starting out are significant others on the same page. Yeah, it gets lonely, but I have experienced and seen other musicians put themselves and others through so much heart ache with two people having completely different goals.
Pete Stanton
Pete Stanton Anos atrás
@Scott McGregor : D Yep, the only way 2 stay a miserable lonely starving artist with something 2 complain about via rock lyrics, is 2 stay a miserable lonely starving artist 🎨
Scott McGregor
Scott McGregor Anos atrás
I have a simp word of advice for goal minded musicians. If you are starting out trying to be a career musician avoid romantic long term relationships.
Victoria Bernuth
Victoria Bernuth Anos atrás
Before I retired, I worked with juvenile felons. I wish I could have had my kids hear your story. How inspirational!
Sophie's World
Sophie's World Anos atrás
What a story! And what an awesome family you have!
Ashley Kelly
Ashley Kelly Anos atrás
I love you Rick!! I recently got my Mom & Dad into watching your videos, my Dad was laid off from his job managing a Toyota dealership for over 25 years - and he’s always loved music, he got me into music as an infant and I never stopped loving it. He was really heartbroken about the lay off, he wasn’t ready to retire. He got back into his studio in the basement and playing his records, he really appreciates your content.
American Citizen
American Citizen Anos atrás
Great story. You’ve really been around the block, literally.
Rick is as authentic and genuine as it gets. An inspiration because he's just a real dude that made it his own way, ..thru all the ordained randomness of possibilities, closed doors, & opened windows. More successful each day.
DeAnna Taylor Douglas
DeAnna Taylor Douglas 5 meses atrás
My life was crazy like that. I think it comes with being a musician. Loved the story.
Wild Atlantic Man
Wild Atlantic Man Anos atrás
Great story - thank you for sharing, it's funny we all follow our own path and being down is a part of it.
Todd 9 meses atrás
This is so inspiring, Rick. I'm in my late 20's and have had a very convoluted path (I have a lot of interests, music is just one of my passions). What you say at the end to just do stuff and figure out your path, one day at a time is great. The message to people of my generation and the one below me is often not nuanced and wise enough like this. You don't need to have it all figured out, you just need to have the guts to try. It also sounds like you've got a great, supportive family which is something everyone can learn from.
Nathan Zaworski;
Nathan Zaworski; Anos atrás
You’re awesome Rick! I genuinely enjoy your videos!
jorgearauz 8 meses atrás
Thank you, Rick, for sharing your story. I enjoyed it a lot. I only recently discovered your channel, which I like very much, and learning something about you personally seems to help me connect more personally also to the content you publish.
Ron Steiner
Ron Steiner Anos atrás
That's an amazing story, you definitely paid your dues and I respect it all. And I don't care how long you run ..... it's worth it.
Packman Anos atrás
Dang Rick! You and I have similar stories of leaving the East coast(me Asheville NC) getting in my car and heading west with my dog. 22K miles and 8 months later I end up in LA, definitely not my choice of destination, but I was almost out of cash, no credit, and see a gig for a country DJ at a hot night spot, went for it, got it and still here in 2021. Now in the mobile coffee biz and #1 on Yelp in LA. I can totally relate to the feelings you had in your story. You are someone I wish I knew.
Zurich Gnome
Zurich Gnome 7 meses atrás
Beautiful what you learned from being humble, open and curious, and that you pass that lesson on. Man, hanging with Ivy back then you were right there with them at the peak of ultimate coolness.
Mai Mislang
Mai Mislang Anos atrás
I was a presidential speechwriter and former Assistant Secretary (here, that is the same rank as an ambassador) who now bakes sourdough and runs a microbakery from home because I lost consulting clients during the pandemic. I lost my weekend band gigs too (I’m a lead vocalist for a blues band here in Manila). I couldn’t get work but I’d give away my bread to friends, and people who have lost loved ones for various reasons, not just COVID. Then strangers started ordering my bread - the people who were gifted (not by me). That is my main source of income now. I do everything - from experiments to marketing, which people used to pay me loads of money for but I now do for my own business. And because I am my own boss, I am able to practice at least an hour (2 hours if I’m lucky) my Debussy, Brahms and Chopin on the piano. Your story Rick just assured me that the best is yet to come if you just do things, so thank you. Very inspiring especially for those who love music but are forced to do something else because they do not see the dignity in backbreaking work. We need more artists in this world, deli work, bussing or baking bread notwithstanding!
Mai Mislang
Mai Mislang Anos atrás
@djadiejazz What a beautiful message. Thank you for providing my source of inspiration today ❤️
djadiejazz Anos atrás
Hi Mai let me give you a quote from the late Martin Luther King Jr. "The ultimate measure of a man or woman is not where he or she stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he or she stands at times of challenge and controversy. I myself have been to hell twice and back literally so I prayed, persevered and turned the negative into something positive and defied the overwhelming odds I know it's easier said than done but it's doable. My hat's off I salute people like you and those who were able to pick themselves up after a very bad fall I'm also from the Philippines and before I forget music played a big part to help keep my sanity during my darkest hours it reminded me of who I really am and that alone boosted my morale to keep going. Take care Mai and God bless you and your family and everyone.
Patrick Brennan
Patrick Brennan Anos atrás
@dguyiop8 How bout everyone cleans up after themselves
R Pampington
R Pampington Anos atrás
You worked for Duterte?
Mai Mislang
Mai Mislang Anos atrás
@Johnny Java 😍 sweet. Thank you
dxcman1 Anos atrás
its funny where life takes you. I Thought I was going to be a cop. I worked as a butcher, bus boy, wood refinisher and a few other things. I ended up in IT and falling in love with it. 25 years later I'm still in IT. Life has a way of letting the pieces fall into place. I smiled and loved hearing about your journey in life. TY Sir
Ute Brach
Ute Brach 11 meses atrás
What an incredibly fascinating story of your real life experiences! I clung to every word with the according images popping into my mind effortlessly. A true hero's journey like Joseph Campbell described it you had there, thank you very much for sharing it!
sundaramaji Anos atrás
"where you going? i don't know" that cracked me up every time :) a few things came to mind for me after watching this. 1. you're very fortunate to have a loving and supportive family who accepted (or tolerated) your desire and drive to keep searching for a destination or at least a pathway to find a destination. many of us either did not have that kind of support or we were trying to get away from our family. 2. no mention of drugs or alcohol problems, either of yours or anyone else's. that's quite miraculous considering that so many people within the music world have some version of that or experience with others who are dealing with that, and how that impacts their life or life decisions. 3. the description at the very beginning of the demo / development deal and how your friend was pumping out songs as though they were widgets along a factory line. that was a bit of a red flag for me there i have no doubt the songs were well-structured and ably written and played. i'm envious of anyone who can manufacture songs in that fashion. and while it can be argued that pop or rock songs should follow a particular structural formula, i have to wonder if those songs were actually felt by people in a meaningful way, if they were moved by what they heard. it's one thing to have songs critiqued structurally by a pro. it's another to present a song to a "judge" and have them so moved by it that they drop their tools of measurement and feel the song at its core and be incapable of analyzing it, at least temporarily. i consider this to be the distinction between a song that was created through inspiration and a song that was created via methodology. both have their place but the impact will be different. song creation has to be a blend of the tangible - the building of it - and the intangible - the spirt that compels the creation of it. a song without heart is not much more than an exercise. i also want to know what happened to the Honda and how many miles you eventually put on it :) great vid, Rick. i loved this story.
Fast Eddy Love-Muffin
College Professor to deli worker AND a extremely insightful musician. I appreciate your videos Rick.
Ian Stawarz
Ian Stawarz Anos atrás
I love this story Rick. It reminds me that life can be whatever we want and the typical formula for success isn't the only way
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