Here we are. Four years and going strong. I’m actually surprised that I’ve managed to keep this tradition going; writing a post on New Year’s Eve reflecting on the year that was. I think that I do this almost as a reminder of how I was in years past and how I’ve grown as a person. As usual, there’s some changes that have happened in my life. I’ve separated myself from an entity that I had grown to love as one would love a child. As in all business, things happen, and we have to move on from the situation in the best means possible.
One thing that I’ve learned about change is that it remains constant. And those who adapt shall persevere while those who do not shall fade away. Leaving something I’ve literally put years of effort and energy into has crafted me a new love, something that I can call mine and shape and mold into whatever I see fit. I’ll admit I was very nervous in creating my own brand and website, whether or not people would support my endeavors on my own. But it was that freedom that also made me excited to step out on my own and see how I can affect the culture. I released CoryTownes.com as an online portfolio of all of my past work in March of this year, and I can say it’s been an enlightening experience to see people really support what you’re doing. And for those who have, I sincerely thank each and every one of you who’ve watched an interview, downloaded a music project, and read a post. I’ve felt my brand grow in 2012, from hosting shows for Live Nation, Sneaker Pimps, and BET, interviewing some of the most talented musicians in the industry, and composing projects that represent me and my feelings on music. I can only let the future of this site fall in the Lord’s hands in how far it can go and work the hardest that I can to provide my own perspective on the culture that we all live in.
If you follow what I do, you’ll know that a mantra that I try to live by is “Inspiration promotes elevation”. I feel as though that we as people can be inspired by anything and anyone to do something great. And while sometimes we are inspired by inanimate objects in bringing forth creativity, I’ll say that we are mostly inspired by our fellow man and/or woman. And one thing that I’ve found that generates results in this past year is to let those who bring forth creativity in you know of their impact. We often think that “no one’s listening.” or “no one cares.” But we’ll never know that until we step on that ledge, throw care to the wind and see what kind of energy comes back your way. And most importantly, you have to alert those who have an effect on you before they aren’t around to hear it. I’m a firm believer in “People never get the flowers while they can still smell them”, and one would never believe the effect they have on others. So if it’s one thing I’d press you to do in the new year, tell those you admire how they keep you going. You never know how that can change things.
2012 was a very informative year for me. I’ve been blessed with a family that supports me, a partner who keeps me focused on the goals at hand, and friends who will never let material praise and differences waver our bond. Career-wise, this year has allowed me the opportunity for me to focus on what I want to do and how I’d want to change the world. And I look forward to years to come and the trials, tribulations and triumphs that will appear in my path. And foremost, I thank the Lord above for my health and prosperity and for giving me 25 years on this beautiful planet. Last year, my phrase I’d look towards for 2012 was “Take Over”. This year, I will look to “Rise Above” the negativity, pressure and stress that our world can bring to us, and prosper and flourish in 2013. I wish you all the same, and have a Happy New Year.