From The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame To The Clubs Of Hamburg

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Welcome To Your Mind’s Eye

Imagine closing your eyes and surrendering to a place of total silence and darkness. You pass through your innermost fears yet you feel a sense of solace. Out of the corner of your eye you see a faint white light which begins to form into a flowing skirt. You look up and see a woman dancing and you realize this woman is a Divine Queen. As she graces you with her dance you realize that she’s showing you the birthplace of creation and that you are having the honor of seeing it. You are humbled and in awe that this universal secret is being shared with you. From the darkness comes light, from the stillness comes movement, from thought comes form and the whole creative process is supported by Love. This is the vision I had that inspired Mind’s Eye…the title track off my 2nd solo release

From the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame to the Clubs of Hamburg

When I was a young kid my brothers took off for college and I was left with their record collections. Classic acts like Zeppelin, Bowie, Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, The Police and of course The Beatles became my favorites. Music took me on a journey and I knew nothing about what was cool or wasn’t – I just loved playing along on drums and guitar, writing songs and making up imaginary bands.

Fast forward to 2003. I was onstage at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland playing guitar with band I was in from New York. We had won a big music contest and were flown all over the country getting treated like VIP’s – But guess what……..it sucked!  What?? Not all of it of course but the essence was lacking. The music became watered down, the pressure was too much and the whole thing imploded. I loved and appreciated everyone I worked with but it just wasn’t what I signed up for.

The icing on the cake was when we opened for a band in front of 10,000 people. One of the members asked to borrow my guitar. I told him no problem but it was in an alternate tuning. He said it didn’t matter because they are playing to tracks anyway and not actually playing the instruments! It was then that I began realizing being an independent artist was the way forward for me. Gone were the days of artist development and freedom of expression. My young naive self had to accept that talent wasn’t king but making money fast for someone else was. So I pulled a Sinatra and chose to do it my way….….!

Following the Vision

A few years back a friend of mine and awesome bassist Rico sent me an email from Hamburg Germany. He shared my music with some people there who became interested in bringing me over to do some gigs and a TV appearance. Not long before I had a dream which I heard a strong voice say “Don’t abandon Europe”. That dream stuck in the back of my head. After figuring out I could get an artist visa and was able to keep my composition for TV job by working online I ultimately I sold everything and moved overseas for 2 years. We became one of the hottest bands in town and we’re able to film this awesome video for Mind’s Eye…

Leap and the Net will Appear

Have you ever just picked up and left? Maybe not across the world: it could’ve been a job, a relationship, new career, anything that set you on a new path?? Again this is a new page so feel free to start the discussion – I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

Thanks for Listening!
-John Zay

  • Great song. I listened to all the above mentioned groups except for Pink Floyd. My fave is of the above is Genesis.

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