So in this week of travelling, I am featuring some people who are Rock ‘n’ Roll icons to me. They changed something about the rock industry and, as I’ve always taught, I believe we can learn from anything if we just look for the message and how it applies to us.
Today is no different. I want to pay tribute to a lady who is known as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Queen. When I was doing research for this I decided to play some of the songs that I have on my playlists from Joan Jett.
I did some searching and reading about where she came from and did not know until today that she was born in the Philly area. I actually know the exact part of town she was born in because I used to deliver newspapers there.
I wanted to include her in this week of Rock ‘n’ Roll Icons because she changed the voice of rock music. First, she created an all-female band named The Runaways. You can catch the story of that band in a movie released a few years ago by the same name, The Runaways.
I was shocked to find out just how much music they actually put out. I was also surprised by the fact that they were really famous overseas, more so than here in the states. Then I found out that her most famous song, the one that everyone knows her for, is #54 on Billboard’s “Best Songs of All Time.”
I know from reading and watching different things about her life that she struggled but she never took her eye off the fact she wanted to play Rock ‘n’ Roll. For that, she is one of the greatest if not the greatest female RockStars of all time.
So what’s our lesson from this? Many will tell me they cannot seem to get past some barrier in their lives; others will say “I just want to do one thing.” Well, Joan was a woman and wanted to play in a world that was dominated by men. She just wanted to play Rock ‘n’ Roll and she did.
She had a great love for Rock ‘n’ Roll, and if you ever viewed the ‘80s movie, Light of Day, the greatest scene in the movie was her describing to her brother how the drive of the drum beat and the guitar was what carried her through anything.
So many will never experience that – that feeling when you love something so much you do not care what the results are, you just want to play. That’s when you will become a legend; that music inside of you will become a driving force that will lead you to become the best that you can be.
Take this lesson from today’s RockStar Icon, Joan Jett. Live and breathe what you want to do with your life. You will find what you need to build the success you are looking for when you just play that music.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Get your groove, your driving beat to become the RockStar in your world.