As Mike Owen says, he felt he was a trouble maker at an early age. He always felt that change was good. According to his earliest memories, that is…would you believe by four years old? He reports that his parents would push him out the door to fend for himself. As a result, he feels that is what made him adventurous and always looking for something new. Mike says he never worried about where he was or what he did, as he would always find his way back home. He said he has never been afraid to be lost. How remarkable!! Honestly, would you have been afraid?
Change is good
Mike said he “was always wanting to be somewhere else, get somewhere else, or to be someone else.” As this everyday hero grew up, he got a job working for the railroad. A job that took him to new places and new people. This job was easy and comfortable for him, as he had traveled down those tracks many times. The ever-changing life of the road is what he knew and what he loved.
After work there wasn’t much to do except hang out in the local bars from town to town. So with guitar in hand he would pick some meaningful tunes. Mike didn’t know exactly what the people in each bar liked but hoped to leave with the guests cheering him and his music. “I tried to capture something we had in common…maybe the human spirit“, he said.
Mike always felt change is good, even with his music. He tried to fuse different types of music together. Different types of root music…Blues root, Country root, and Appalachia root music too. His “out the door at an early age” life, obviously, made him adventurous so he tried it all. Those railroad tracks… hear that eerie sound, “wooooo wooooo” coming down those tracks? And that long empty road. That lonesome highway leading to where? Where?
Little bit of human spirit
Mikes says that a little bit of spirit keeps us going and trying in this world. He would compose songs and actually wake up in the morning, or in the middle of the night and write about a song he was working on in his head. In addition, one might say, the creative juices working at their best. It just takes you over a little bit, he says. So he will “hang on” to it for a few days and let it “kinda” develop. “Over time it shapes up with musical phrasing around those words to make the words fit and then it kinda builds itself. There is a point at which the core and shape come together and everything flows quickly after that.”
Consequently, and as a result of his fascinating “change is good” life, Mike, a singer, songwriter, and musician, wrote a song about the highway. “A road for drifters…that very lonesome highway…this time crying…can’t stop walking…won’t be called a bum this time.” Goose pimples time for sure!
Things worth writing about
There are a few exceptions but the vast majority of everyday hero Mike’s songs are about relationships between people. Additionally, they are about LOVE. Love in some fashion. As he shrugs his shoulders, he responds that he doesn’t see a whole “lot of other stuff” worth writing about. That is to say, “to tell you the truth”, “outside of people.”
Mike has played in many different locations, open mics, and everything in between but feels Paul Henry’s in Chicago is pretty unique. Many players come there. In the audience, you will find among the crowd, people who don’t perform, and artists, painters and poets too. It is definitely a unique place.
Why Mike feels change is good
In a philosophic moment Mikes sighs and gives us a piece of encouragement. “When you live in this world for a short time you can either be a change maker or you can be changed,” he believes. Which are you?
In one of his songs, the chorus goes something like this…the front door is wide open…lights on too…way of hoping…keep picture in a pocket…and check every hour. You get the jest, I’m sure its Love song.
Our everyday hero, Mike Owen encourages us all to “follow our own compass and dreams. Create your own path. Don’t let anyone else who doesn’t know the map you have drawn, guide you, or give you any direction.
The music roots that Mike draws from
Appalachian music is the music of the region of Appalachia in the Eastern United States. It is derived from various European and African influences, including English ballads, Irish and Scottish traditional music (especially fiddle music), hymns, and African-American blues. Banjos and Fiddles are the most popular instruments.
Country music, also called country and western, is a style of American popular music that originated in the rural areas of the South and West during the early 20th century. The term “country and western music” (later shortened to country music) was adopted by the recording industry in 1949 to replace the derogatory label “hillbilly music.”
With the migration of many Southern rural whites to industrial cities during the Great Depression and World War II, country music was carried into new areas and exposed to new influences, such as blues and gospel music. The nostalgic bias of country music, with its lyrics about grinding poverty, orphaned children, bereft lovers, and lonely workers far from home, held special appeal during a time of wide-scale population shifts.
Change is good FAQs
Change is good because you have the opportunity to embrace new experiences. New perspectives are waiting for you at the doorstep. Opportunities are plentiful. When you look back on your life, all of the really amazing things are because of the new experience you had.
Change is a necessary part of life. Without change there would be no life at all. Our lives are actually fueled by change, though most of us want a certain amount of stability. If you can learn to accept change as a helpful friend rather than something to be avoided, you may experience less stress.
Most people do not accept change very well. However, typically, when people look back they often find that the change they feared was best for their future.
– You are pushed out of your comfort zone.
– You get to experience more. Change is good because you have the opportunity to embrace new experiences.
– You get to find out who you really are.
– Makes you more flexible and adaptable.
– You have more fun.
In addition, look for more videos with our music heroes:
Intro to everyday heroes – Meet the heroes
Child Musicians – Tomorrow’s music heroes
Good Vibe – Spreading tuba inspiration
Chicago Blues – Infectious smile
Feel Good Story – Banjo americana
Creative Artist – A rambler and a rocker
Music Inspiration – Educate through music