This past week, I had one of those moments where the most random thing just sparked an idea that I couldn’t shake. “You need to be above the mix…” I heard this in two different episodes of one of our favorite new shows, Empire. Both times she was listening to a new track, and this was her suggestion, “be above the mix,” “Don’t hide behind the music.”
I just keep thinking of this in real life. So many times in life we hide behind, what we want others to see and hear. We are scared to stand out and be different. To some comparing life to music production and songs, won’t make any sense, to others it’s going to click like it did for me. When you listen to a number of today’s top songs, you will hear a lot of the same beats, you will hear the beats better than the lyrics, you hear words not lines. Today songs come out, many sound the same, sale incredibly great, but the meaning is not there. Songs are made to give people what they want to hear, they give that great beat to move to.
Many of us live our lives this exact same way. We hide behind what we know others want to see or hear, we spend so much time doing what others want, we forget ourselves. It’s the people who step up, go above the mix, those that let their voice be heard, that speak clearly and with meaning and purpose, that are remembered. These are the people who make a difference.
Are you willing to be above the mix and not hide behind the idea of who you are, but truly be you? Are you willing to be the parent that says, my kid isn’t going to do that or I’m a parent not a friend? Are you willing to be that husband that actually listens to his wife, that does the laundry and the dishes to give your wife a break? Are you willing to be that friend, that slaps your best friend back to reality when they are just being plain stupid? Are you willing to be that student, that stops the bully, that sets the example for the rest of the team, for the rest of the class?
Take just one day, and put yourself above the mix, put yourself above where others think you should be, and then prove why you should be there. If you’re stuck in a hole, is up to you to grab the rope. If your voice is far below the drum machine and the bass, you have to choose to move that fader up. Others can put the equipment there, others can help only as much as you let them. It is up to you to make the call to get it moving.