Tommy Shaw Once Said…

Tommy Roland Shaw was born on September 11, 1953. Tommy is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and performer. Many know him as front man in Styx or as a member of the Damn Yankees.

When a song gets its legs and begins to come to me, this is the euphoric hook that keeps me wanting to continue. – Tommy Shaw

I believe this is true of other creative people, the idea or spark initiates the wanting but when it starts to come together and you can see what you envisioned than a euphoria kicks in and allows you to cross that finish line. Being creative isn’t easy, sometimes coming up with ideas gets blocked which is why you use what comes to you even if it’s one small part of the big picture. This is especially true for writing. There are days when I find it’s harder to get the flow going or getting inspired by the person and then other days it’s fluid.

Success is fickle, but creativity is a gift. – Tommy Shaw

I think people put more pressure on themselves to be successful rather than enjoying the gift of being creative. I think when one focuses too much the dream tends to fade a bit and that creativity can suffer. So if you are a creative person, an artist, a photographer, musician, a writer or whatever it is, be grateful of the gift you have. Learn everything you can about that creativity, explore it, try different things, new things and you might find success or you might not. But what is success? Does one have to be famous to succeed? Perhaps if you concentrate on just reaching one person, helping them, inspiring them, or just changing or opening their eyes. That is success to me.

We’re kind of defined by our mistakes. – Tommy Shaw

This was the quote that helped me choose Tommy Shaw for today. I think it’s brilliant and a great way to perceive mistakes. Everything that happens I think happens for a reason and it’s all of those things, the good and the bad that shape you into who you are today. We learn most from the mistakes we make and are definitely defined because it’s these things that make us change ourselves. The trauma in our lives is not easy, those things we often view as mistakes or things we regret are the ultimate things that shape shift who we are.

Tommy Shaw and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra – Renegade

I included this because I thought it was a beautiful collaboration Tommy did with the orchestra for one of Styx’s classic hit songs. I am also including High Enough which he did with the Damn Yankees but this is him and his daughter Hannah Shaw.

High Enough – Hannah & Tommy Shaw