You may or may not know I'm a bluegrass singer and songwriter in addition to all this other stuff I do.
Today I ran across a video and had to pass it along.
It's a testament to possibilities — to what can happen when you have an intention and allow in a bit of serendipity, letting go of the "how" and instead, believing in yourself and your dream.
Now, I will start by saying I have no idea if Josh Williams would like a little free, massive, positive publicity for his music. But since in this video he's playing in a bluegrass festival, on a stage, and seems to be enjoying himself, I'd guess like most musicians he probably wouldn't turn it down.
I ran across this video of his 2011 performance at the Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival at Denton Farm Park in Denton, NC in my Facebook feed. As of this writing, the video has garnered 1,115,057 views. As I browsed through the comments, I noticed that yesterday, CNN posted a comment asking for media rights to distribute the video on all its networks. (Now I can't be sure, but I've got an inkling the answer will be yes.)
What will happen to this video over the next year? How will it affect Josh's career? I know one thing: I didn't know who this musician was yesterday, but now I'll be noticing him and I'll even go on over to iTunes to see if he has any music samples I can check out. Because in addition to the funny stuff that happens in the video (a situation that wasn't manufactured to "try" to make a cute video), I rather like his music.
Whether your aspirations are to be a musician or help people improve their lives, letting go of the how is the way to go. Because serendipity is cool. It's fun. It's easy. And anything else is just way too hard.
Here's the video. Watch for yourself: