Let Success go to your Feet, not your Head ~ Famous Indian guitarist and Composer Ehsaan Noorani shares his Creative Words of Wisdom

I feel extremely proud to share today’s inspirational interview because he is a member of my family.

Ehsaan Noorani is a famous Indian blues guitarist and a composer of music for films, he was the guitarist for many famous music directors before he started composing music.

He is known for being the first in India to endorse a line of fender guitars, one of the largest guitar manufacturers in the world.

Ehsaan is the part of the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio which consist of Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa and himself.

As a child I was always inspired by his musical talent, and now I am delighted to say that my daughter Lara is following in his footsteps with her own love for guitar.

Ehsaan studied music at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California from 1985 to 1986.

In spite of selling millions of records through his music, Ehsaan remains a truly humble and down to earth man.

What inspired you to become a musician?

Music itself inspired me to become a musician. I knew that it’s what I wanted to do from the moment I could know. I’ve always had a deep emotional connection with music, my inspiration for compositions come from everywhere around me.

What made you become a leader in the music industry?

Knowing that I should never be number one and a constant need to grow both musically and as a human being. I’m forever looking for ways in which I can give back to and support the world. I believe that if each of us contributes even in just small way we are one step closer to making big change.

Have there been any challenges in your life that helped shape your music?

I lost my dad at a very young age and that was a very difficult childhood time for me. Life throws curve balls at you at many stages of life. I believe however, that it’s up to me to take those things that affect me emotionally, direct it into my music and create something magical from it.

Was there ever a time that you doubted yourself and how did you overcome it?

I don’t ever doubt myself as a musician but I don’t ever rest on my laurels either. Everyday for me is like a day at school and there is something new to learn. I always strive to improve with my guitar playing.

I’ve always been a person who gets lost in fantasy, as a child I used to get kicked out of class for focusing on something other than the class subject!

Imagination has been my healing, and that healing allows me to empathise with others in the world which I feel very grateful for. I do a lot of mediation and I’m heavily into spiritualism, that helps me a lot when I want to empty out my brain and get in touch with my creativity.

It’s often following meditation that I start dreaming songs, I’ll wake up in the morning singing a melody, I grab my phone or my ipad, sing the melody into it and that becomes a new composition.

What do you think the secret to success is?

Let success go to your feet and not to your head. Never lose sight of the reason you gained your success and remember that always. Work on yourself and focus on what you are creating rather than just on making money.

Imagination and fun are two of the key components when it comes to being creative. When you have fun as a child does, your imagination begins to flow, imagination is manifested in such beautiful things all around the world.

Imagination is so incredibly powerful, the smallest ideas imagined become the biggest of movements around the world.

The right mix of old and new takes us forward – we live in a fast paced time, when I was younger when we listened to music we listened to a song the whole way through before it moved onto the next, these days we can skip through in a second, people hear the music but are they really listening to it? It’s very important to listen.

Is there a person who inspires you as a musician?

John Lennon has been my inspiration for many years.

“You may think that I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one, maybe one day you will join us and the world will be as one.” ~ Imagination.

What would you tell someone doubting their ability to succeed?

Success is on different levels and means something different for everyone. It’s not just about your talent, but holistic growth as a person and continuously striving to improve.

In a world full of technology its important to remember to look up and all around you for inspiration.

You’ve got one life to live, so give it a little bit of extra time for yourself to develop your creative side. In my opinion everyone should play a musical instrument, you are never alone in the world when you have your musical instrument as company.

Ehsaan, thank you for sharing your creative words of wisdom with us. I am incredibly grateful to have you as family. You are an inspiration both creatively and in action. You are a true and pure example of someone who knows that we create our reality through our beliefs and that what we choose to believe is entirely up to us.

Emily-Rose Braithwaite ~ Life Coach

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