I suppose a quick introduction is in order. My name is Shawn Patrick Thomas Daley and I am a Recording Engineer and Producer who is owner/primary catalyst of The Mohawk Studio located in Huron, Ohio. I play bass guitar for the Tom Frietchen Band. I am an award-winning DJ who entertained people on two different continents. The book MOHAWK (by Paul Fuhr) is 280-ish pages about my life.
For some reason Jason asked me to take up space here with my Zippy-the-Pinhead-esque nonsensical blithering’s. So from deep inside my music imaginatorium I present to you the following warning. Do not take yourself – (or me) too seriously…I mean that.
Every day I try to put into perspective why (or how) I survived this long. I’ve consumed (what the FDA considers) a lethal amount of Swedish Fish. I’ve had cancer was told my days remaining on Earth were only in double digits (I was 22yrs old). I have 6 screws and 3 steel plates in my skull. There are plenty of other rational reasons I should have bit the dust a long time ago, but hey.. buy the book! (right?)
I’d like to think that some supreme universal power cast down a mighty bolt, and said; “Here you go Humans, here’s Shawn – he’s a great producer and Recording Engineer, he makes amazing coffee – go make music” and with that the skies parted and a large Monty Python-ish foot kicks me into being. Okay, that was a bit embellished.. at least it wasn’t boring. Thing is.. it just didn’t happen that way. I had to work my ass off to learn and manifest these skills in Music.
Every single thing we work for and love has levels of difficulty, those can be measured simply as obstacles. There are obstacles that we all face, they are there and they will torture/torment you. These you cannot control and you must learn from to make it to the next level of the Donkey Kong game we call life. Then there are obstacles that we create. These are the self-destructive little second guesses that tear a hole in our dreams. I had to stop and make myself work through all those to make my life where its at now, I’m still fighting though, you never really cure yourself of all the self doubt or disintegrating self esteem… but I look at how I got here and remember to be positive, no matter the struggle. My next book (due out here in a few weeks) deals with much of this struggle. I share some of the little bits of life that I have used to keep on going, those philosophical ramblings that I think about before I have to face the everyday mountain climb that is music producing and recording.
Here is an excerpt from my next book on keeping motivated, and how crazy it is that we even exist to begin with.
There are plenty of obstacles in your path,
Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.
Get out of your own way, life offers up plenty of speed bumps:
- Probability of boy meeting girl: one in 20,000.
- Probability of same boy getting same girl pregnant: one in 2000.
- Probability of right sperm meeting right egg: one in 400 quadrillion.
- Probability of every one of your ancestors reproducing successfully: one in 1045,000
- Probability of you being born: one in 102,685,000
As a comparison, the approximate number of atoms in the known universe is 1080.
So what’s the probability of your being born? It’s the probability of 2.5 million people getting together — about the population of San Diego — each to play a game of dice with trillion-sided dice. They each roll the dice — and they all come up the exact same number — say, 550,343,279,001.
Don’t you think that those stats aren’t enough reason to stop making life more difficult for yourself?
Stop thinking everything that happens to you is someone else’s fault
Stop Broadcasting to the world your misfortunes
Stop being the victim
Stop getting in your own way.
Well, there you go – the first glimpse. I hope this helps some of you with keeping on the right path and focused on the good in yourself.
Thanks to Jason for letting me ramble and I hope I get invited back.