It's a line from my childhood. The song is Eastbound and Down. The artist, Jerry Reed. The movie, Smokey and The Bandit. Kinda hard to be a kid in Texas in the 80's and not love that movie. Back then I didn't really know what it was all about. I just knew that Bandit was the hero, he drove a really cool car, and he drove fast. That's all that mattered to me.
Never really paid attention to the lyrics of this classic song. I was quite familiar with singing the lyrics. Although I knew the words, I didn't actually pay attention to them. My wife had loaded up her iPod with some new and old tunes. Occasionally we like to listen to random things in the car, just for a laugh or to reminisce of when we were kids. I was surprised to hear Jerry Reed blasting through the speakers. That old familiar banjo intro. My childhood came rushing back.
And for the first time in a long time I sung along with the lyrics. "Eastbound and down, loaded up and truckin. We're gonna do what they say can't be done. We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there. I'm eastbound just watch ol' Bandit run."
The lyrics refer to the plot of the movie, where Bandit and Snowman must deliver a diesel trailer full of beer to Atlanta from Texarcana in less than 24 hours. But hearing it now for the first time, in a long time. Those words meant something different to me.
No, I'm not trying to truck beer past old smokey. But I am trying to make a movie for practically nothing. The words, "We're gonna do what they say can't be done" really hit me. As always, it was yet another sign, a signal that often hits me right when I need to hear it. What I'm trying to do, I'm going to do.
I'm in awe still, of the positive comments and feedback I'm still getting from my Indy Mogul audition. On top of that, a few very wonderful things have happened just in the past few days. Due to a few good friends and supporters the budget for my movie has been reduced significantly, and I'm several steps closer to doing what needs to be done in order to make something great.
This past few weeks have been such a blessing, and it's been wonderful especially since the start of this year has been rather hard. I've gotten some unexpected help from some supporters, and I've gotten help getting a few of the things that I need to accomplish what I need to do. I thank those people whole heartedly.