Just Getting Started

from by Mission Man



I'm 36
And you heard me since
I was 17
Passionately pursuing the best of dreams

chorus: And I'm just getting started

Will you come with me as I start it up?
Yes, we're just getting started

It was difficult to accept
As I took that deep breath
And let the frost hit my lungs
That something I'd been doing since I was very young
Seemed like it was done
The dream was gone
And the scene moved on
But as I replay it in my mind
I know I'll find
Continued inspiration
And new aspirations
I've played 17 states, plus an open mic in Tokyo
I woke up every morning saying that I've got to go
170 songs
And still going strong
No amount of heckling
Would let me give up on this thing
I didn't care about those who'd insult me when I sing
I'd still bring
Every bit of my soul
Because music made me whole
Sure the lonely nights on the road took a toll
But that wasn't enough
To make me give up
Because through the negative
I still continued to give
And it started to pay off slowly
When some fans truly came to know me
That connection showed me
What makes life truly great
And lessened the weight
And the mountain became a feather
Even in inclimate weather
Torrential rains
My vision
But I didn't have to see to feel that I was winning
So my mind kept spinning
As my wheels hydroplaned
And I couldn't find my lane
So I kicked it up another gear
Driving with no fear
Even after some drunks drove me off the road
I could still carry the load
Until I realized that my best wasn't quite good enough
It didn't matter that I was tough
I chased my dream until it disappeared
And it took me over a year
To go from there to here
I've learned a lot along the way
And now I'm proud to say

That I'm just getting started
Come with me and we'll start it up
We're just getting started

I'm living in the moment
Saving up money to open
The Music Arcade
Tracking every dollar I've made
And how much I've saved
I've got my business plan with my spreadsheet
And I'm still Mission Man in my bedsheets
Sleeping on a twin
Sacrificing so I can begin
To give back to my hometown
It took knowing what I know now
To figure out how
To make the scene better
And letting it act as a teen center
In the afternoons
Bringing laughter soon
To my community
Making things better for you and me
And hopefully
Helping others live their own dreams
Showing them the love my fans have shown me
And helping them go free
And doing it with the same passion
And satisfaction
That I've had from rapping
And making music
I get to use it
For something greater than myself
And more important than wealth


There's still so much to accomplish and live for
I probably won't go on another big tour
But I will still experience love and start a family
And live happily
Giving never
A new definition
Revising my wishing
To be about my children
This is the future I'm building
That's why I'm willing
To work so hard
To earn the yard
I'll fight for the inch
And it'll seem like a cinch
When my home amplifies my heart
And I can impart
My wisdom
On my kids some
I'm on my way
And I'm happy to say



from Zachariah Sebastian, released May 1, 2015



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Mission Man Cincinnati, Ohio

Hip-Hop Without Ego.

Mission Man began rapping in 1992, when a friend told him to "kick a rap." Gary (Mission Man) replied, "I can't rap man," but after his friend insisted, Gary did indeed kick a 30 second rap. In 1998/1999, he began playing the drums, bass, guitar, keyboard and taught himself to produce.

Music is Mission Man's passion and purpose in life.
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