Talent Is Overrated
By J.P. Kallio
Talent is overrated. Or let me rephrase that, talent is miss understood. To say someone is talented at something which at the end of the day is a learned skill, sounds like excuse for someone else not put in the hours. I have been told over the years that I am talented at certain things. But guess what? I worked my ass off to get good at these things. My first song I wrote was not a great song. It was a song, though, it was a start. Even when I was younger and writing a lot of songs, I can now see how I fell for the fill in second verse syndrome.
But I had the hunger to learn. I listened to a lot of music. I analysed why I liked a certain kind of songs and why I didn’t like other kinds of songs. And I wrote a lot of songs. Hundreds, which I never played to anyone. I listened to lectures on songwriting, I read any book on the subject I could get my hands on. And little by little I got better.
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I did the same thing with my guitar playing, I listened the great ones as well as the not so great ones. I figured out what was the important things to learn and what I should work on. I put the hours in, I practiced at home and played live shows any given opportunity. I leaned to record myself, and I listened back to my playing, figured out my weaknesses and worked on them. And little by little I got better.
If I was to explain how I see talent, it is that desire to learn and get better. You need to have an all out desire to learn. You can get a teacher and get lessons. But to be truly great, I think you need to go after the information, fall in love with it, live and breathe it. Ever heard the saying “if you could bottle talent”? Well there it is
J.P. Kallio is s singer / songwriter