You know the old saying: Sometimes, in order to move forward, you need to break up what you have and start all over. Usually this fine piece of advice is invoked when a wall is hit. Ever reached a point where you’re stuck, where a block of giant proportions stands in the way between you and ANY progress? Of course. Anyone who has ever written, played, performed, or done anything creative knows the feeling.
A while back, I was approached by HBO to deliver some "authentic Mexican music" -- their description. So what, in my infinitely humble way, did I do? I tried to write and perform that authentic Mexican music myself. It probably won't surprise you to learn that, as a white Canadian Jew who had never before attempted to play traditional Mexican music, I wasn't quite able to pull it off. The HBO people rejected my submission.
Hi, my name is Jingle Jared. Welcome to my first column for Guitar World. I'm a musician with a particular love for any and all stringed instruments. I'm also an entrepreneur. The two aren't incompatible. In fact, the company I co-founded in 2008, Jingle Punks, affords me the luxury of composing and performing music as my day job. It's no stretch to say I'm living the dream.