Change doesn’t just happen for most of us. For most of us, change begins with an inner wrestling. We pray and hope for our environments to change. Sometimes, the answer to our requests come in the form of a nagging feeling inside, an urge to take one step.
I’ve experienced the crushing blow of seeing a post online of a friend that is going through something and realizing, I haven’t seen or spoken to this person in years. Sure, I still care for them, and sure, we all have valid reasons why life sends us on different paths and journeys, but it’s worth exploring the question, Have I done my best as a friend?
Many times, the answer is yes, and adding some strange sense of guilt isn’t necessary. But sometimes, just sometimes, we must come to terms with it: I must show love, face to face, beyond the Facebook thumbs up and hearts. I can do better extending myself, and sharing my life, with others.
Growing up I was always underestimated when it came to my favorite sport: basketball. I remember being offended as a youngster, but I soon came to realize that being underestimated was a great advantage.
I played on a team in middle school, but my passion was streetball. I played basketball outside whenever I could, no matter the weather. I remember shoveling my friend’s driveway just to shoot some hoops and beat him one on one.
Short? Yes, but quick, and a lefty, which made it a little more difficult to figure me out. I learned to stay quiet, and to let my game speak for me.
I’m not a professor, but I taught many, many kids growing up. My lesson? You underestimate people at your own risk.
Streaming my music and adding me to your playlist is exciting for me. To reach new listeners and to grow as a community is a joy.
Show You is my latest short album. The song entitled, “Show You” highlights the importance of loving friends and family beyond Facebook likes and emojis.
Special thanks to those who made this album possible: SamUiLL produced the tracks, Toro mixed songs “Ballin Out Here”, “Show You”, and “Can’t Forget”. Freddy G Studios (my talented father) mixed “One Step” and mastered the project. Artwork by Nicholas Gonzalez.
Show You will be on all digital platforms shortly and is available now through my website freddygonzalezsongs.com. I hope you enjoy it.
On the verge of completing my second short album entitled, “Show You”, I feel a great sense of gratitude for those who have partnered with me to make this project a reality.
Teamwork and collaboration are invaluable and exciting. Being part of a collective mission reveals so much about humanity, adventure, and fruitfulness.
Strive to be an uplifting team-player in whatever vocation you are in.
My friend posted something last night on Facebook that I really liked. He spoke about the nature of being an introvert, and I completely identified with what he said in terms of our strengths and apparent shortcomings. “I don’t small chat well,” he said, or something like that, “but I have my passions,” meaning, you get him talking about something he is passionate about and he will talk for hours about it.
I would add this. It’s not that I am shy, or that I don’t like to talk to people. It’s that inside I have an ingrained need to listen, to observe, and to appreciate the voices, sites and sounds around me. Bolstered in me is the habit of quiet observance, a taking in of the world, like walking through a timeless museum. For what one may consider mundane, I perceive as significant, and sometimes, breathtaking.