How to Live Your Dream with Jim Peterik

How To Live Your Dream With Jim Peterik

Grammy® Award Winning songwriter Jim Peterik is excited to create more music at 71. Donning his fabulous purple hair, the iconic musician graces the show and gives us a wealth of wise words, laughs and inspiration on why we should trust our instinct and pursue what we love. For Jim, his passion for words and music continues to touch many lives. 


Tune in to Someone Gets Me How To Live Your Dream With Jim Peterik.  ▶️


Key points covered in this episode: 


✔️So many incredible musicians as guests on the show have long careers and experienced the magic of living that dream. Jim Peterik is one of those people who has found that magic in a career that started back in the 60s, and he’s still going strong with amazing, great music, a living legend. He has written a book, still plays the guitar and keyboards, composes music and does lots of things in the creative space.  


 ✔️Jim recalls nearly dismissing what he thought was a prank call on the answering machine in 1981. A guy sounding like Sylvester Stallone left him a message. Jim’s wife prodded him to return the call and found out it was certainly not a joke. To this day, “Eye of the Tiger“, the theme from the film Rocky III remains an unforgettable song that inspires people of all ages.


✔️ Collaboration is the secret to making wonderful music, according to Jim. The beauty of going into the heart and creating with fellow talented artists has made his life’s work fun and rewarding. 


✔️To succeed in life, don’t be afraid to suck. This is excellent advice from Jim as the musical great. His journey as the founder of rock band Survivor and creating his list of hit songs resulted from a series of trying and failing in his craft and passion. “Don’t think every bit of lyrics and melody is going to be good. Sometimes you can suck for the long term before suddenly something rises from the ashes, and you don’t suck anymore. It’s like trying to find the diamonds, yet people stop themselves because they’re not brilliant right away. Brilliant comes to you gradually.” 


✔️ Legacy and inspiration. Jim continues to receive stacks of fan mail and elaborate packages of Rocky albums to sign. They all have a note of how much his music meant to them, even some from 12 to 14 year-olds. “It’s a great experience to hear the effect you can have through music and your lyrics. And I always try to put a little bit of meaning and give a little wisdom with the fun.” Holding on to that meaning and fun is how to live your dream. 


Jim Peterik is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the founder of the band Survivor, as vocalist and songwriter of “Vehicle” by the Ides of March, and as co-writer of the anthem “Eye of the Tiger“, the theme from the 1982 film Rocky III.


Peterik has co-written songs for 38 Special (“Rockin’ into the Night“, “Hold On Loosely“), Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackhawk, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar (“Heavy Metal“), Cathy Richardson, Dennis DeYoung, Van Zant, Brian Wilson, REO Speedwagon, and The Beach Boys


He is currently fronting the melodic rock band Pride of Lions, an entire album of women of Rock and Roll called Tigress and smooth-jazz project Jim Peterik’s Lifeforce, and has a regular series of yearly concert performances with an all-star cast as World Stage. He is also active as a producer and mentor to young, developing talent.


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