Not to be confused with the popular Rush song but not way off track. In the December 1985 Rush Backstage Club newsletter, drummer and lyricist Neil Peart said:
“Tom Sawyer was a collaboration between myself and Pye Dubois, an excellent lyricist who wrote the lyrics for Max Webster. His original lyrics were kind of a portrait of a modern day rebel, a free-spirited individualist striding through the world wide-eyed and purposeful. I added the themes of reconciling the boy and man in myself, and the difference between what people are and what others perceive them to be - namely me I guess."
Alright so today I want to talk about what it is like being today's Tom Sawyer and how you can do it too. If we think back to the famous Mark Twain classic, various novels featuring this character. You will remember that simply put he is footloose and fancy free. But, there is something to be taken from this. 'The Tao of the Tom,' He uses commodities that are readily available to him. He is somewhat superstitious. And, you know, he's kind of a... For lack of a better word GLOMMERING. As Charles Burke would put it. Kind of rolling through life building on what he has built. Ok, he's not taking out loans. Ok, he is just kind of accumulating and amassing success from the different things that he's done.
For instance a non-Sawyer character in today's entrepreneurial world would be taking out a business loan - To buy all of the new equipment as soon as it's released. OR years after it is released when it's the same price. Without any guarantee that he is going to be using it. NOW today's Tom Sawyer factors it into an invoice. The amount of which get's paid as a deposit. Then he can purchase whatever it is he needs, to do a job, or accomplish something - NOT OUT OF POCKET. TODAY'S TOM SAWYER USES OPM LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! Other people's money. You can do this too. Don't feel like it's your self righteous obligation to write a check every time you need something. Deflect the hit. This is kind of like being a square in the eyes of Nash Warfield. It's a very simple practice - just think the next time you are going to spend money, how can you avoid it. If you can do it, if you can avoid the spend, then you are on path to be Today's Tom Sawyer.
I'm Today's Tom Sawyer, I'm Nick Catucci, I'm also Today's Tom Sawyer. And I love not spending money. I avoid it at all costs and I hope you can do the same. I'm going to attach some links below to some creative ideas maybe five websites. Help get the ball rolling on this idea and make you Tom Sawyer.
Nash Warfield: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY7CfwYjbbC7Q0rY3mTsWlQ
Charles Burke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4y9TJsF064
Real Smart Guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RJuVbjYfwY
Nick Catucci: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDR11i3g4ME