When the World Needs A Little Charm, Artists Don’t Have Any Problem Chiming Right In

Austin Heeney
3 min readSep 21, 2022

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Starting at a young age, I always had a creative side to me that had to usually be taken care of. Whether it was singing, writing music, playing guitar, piano; but definitely no drawing. I’m the worst drawer you’ve ever seen. Or, at least, I learned that the hard way over the years. For now, it’s sharing my mind on writing. It gives me something to release from the heart. I’ve always gotten along very well, instantly, with most other artists I’ve met. It’s the creative spirit that we just know and understand. One of the things being a past musician has helped me with, is just saying what you believe and know to be true with no inhibitions.

I’ll go deep for a second. I think I failed in music. Nobody listened, nobody took it to heart. Nobody cared. Not enough people listened to it. Nobody listened to what I was singing about, saying, interpreting, connecting to. All the band and I wanted, was to hard pencil a Sony Records deal to at least be heard. We were just dreamers without a thick wallet. I do know, that some songs, I couldn’t be more proud of. To the best of my abilities, some, where exactly what I was looking for. That’s what I wanted to do for a living. Hey, but you know what, I’m fine with that though. It’s a thing of the past, something I tried, with the most passion I could offer. I might try it again later and sing some notes, but I’ll stuff the songs in a backroom gym locker by the exit with a sticker on it labeled “Hobby.” I won’t try again though.

Yet for some reason, music connects your heart to your mind a lot deeper and closer. The more they are connected, the more you or someone isn’t afraid of sharing. It took me awhile to take the next big steps, but it becomes second nature. Sometimes it takes an artist a little while. But it’ll be said, whether in words or art. Another proponent that I grasped making music, or writing lyrics, is heavy symbolism. I feel we all know what most symbols mean behind the mind, and usually make the connection pretty quickly. Sometimes open-ended, others close-ended. I know, that the artist spirit, will always be a part of me. That does make me happy, and gives me joy. A lot of times, it is hard to translate that to most of the real world. Sometimes…