Baseball is a team game. But it is played by individuals. And each player has his own personality and story behind their swagger. A custom at Major League Baseball games (and Minor League, too) is for each player to chose a song that is played before each at bat, or for the pitchers, when they take the mound.
If you want to check out the San Francisco Giants player’s walk-up songs, here is the link. I hate to admit I don’t know a lot of these artists. But I’ll bet I recognize the songs once I hear them.
So I got to thinking, what would my Walk-up song be? If I were to play a song that sums up me as an author?
While I was submitting to agents, editors, and contests, my song would have been “The Waiting” by Tom Petty. It felt like asking someone to prom on the first day of school and having to wait until Spring for their answer. At least in most cases, you could submit to more than one publisher or agent. And dream of having to send out rejection letters of your own.
When receiving rejections, I kept my spirits up by singing, “Even The Losers” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Yeah, I’m a Tom Petty fan.
When we start a vacation, especially a road trip, I always start the trip off by playing Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” It’s been a tradition since our Honeymoon.
After getting a harsh critique or getting stuck in my writing, I think of “After The Thrill Is Gone,” by the Eagles. But then I play “Get Over It” and get back to work.
So if I had to pick just one song that sums up my journey from aspiring to published author, it would have to be Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.”