I was just scrolling through Tumblr today (I do that pretty much every day) and came across this really cool letter that was apparently written by Jimi Hendrix to his father at some point in 1965. I thought that it was pretty inspirational and that I found it really easy to relate to since I consider myself a musician, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about how I’m gonna make more money in the future… But yeah, I hope that this impacts you as much as it impacted me :)
“Dear Dad, I still have my guitar and amp and as long as I have that, no fool can keep me from living. There’s a few record companies I visited that I probably can record for. I think I’ll start working toward that line because actually when you’re playing behind other people you’re still not making a big name for yourself as you would if you were working for yourself. But I went on the road with other people to get exposed to the public and see how business is taken care of. And mainly just to see what’s what, and after I put a record out, there’ll be a few people who know me already and who can help with the sale of the record.
Nowadays people don’t want you to sing good. They want you to sing sloppy and have a good beat to your songs. That’s what angle I’m going to shoot for. That’s where the money is. So just in case about three or four months from now you might hear a record by me which sounds terrible, don’t feel ashamed, just wait until the money rolls in because every day people are singing worse and worse on purpose and the public buys more and more records.
I just wanted to let you know I’m still here, trying to make it. Although I don’t eat every day, everything’s going all right for me. It could be worse than this, but I’m going to keep hustling and scuffling until I get things to happening like they’re supposed to for me.
Tell everyone I said hello. Leon, Grandma, Ben, Ernie, Frank, Mary, Barbara and so forth. Please write soon. It’s pretty lonely out here by myself. Best luck and happiness in the future.
Love, your son, Jimmy (as in Hendrix)”
— Letter from Jimi Hendrix to his father, sometime in 1965
(Source: Jimi Hendrix: Electric Gypsy St Martin’s Press)
:) So, I’d like to leave you with one of my favorite Hendrix songs! —-> “Little Wing”