Side Effects

Joe Gallagher Jr.

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An array of style and emotion.

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  1. 1 Thunder 04:28
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  2. 2 Allyson 05:02
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  3. 3 Broker's Blues 02:38
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  4. 4 Cannons 03:32
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  5. 5 Fugitive 04:52
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  6. 6 Paralyzed ft. O.B. 03:37
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  7. 7 Indian Giver 02:45
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  8. 8 Happy Medium 03:12
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  9. 9 Stone House 03:35
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  10. 10 Holy Water 02:34
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Constantly Changing 

My life has been a constant series of changes and right now I’m deliberately changing again.  I’ve had to rearrange my priorities to encourage growth.  My focus has been the spiritual approach.  I’ve heard that if I adjust spiritually, I straighten out mentally and physically and I find this to be true.  I’ve started practicing meditations and breathing exercises which ground and center me.  Living in the present moment is so important and I find it completely necessary for me to be happy.  Youtube has a wealthy resource of guided meditations that I strongly recommend.

Gratitude  

Most people have been depressed at one time or another.  Some people get it worse than others.  I, for one, have been to hell and back.  I’m here to tell you, it does get better.  Talking about depression and just letting the feelings out to another human being can be very liberating.  It can cut the pain in half.  Sometimes medicine is the way to go.  My heart goes out to all those who have been through the lowest of the lows.  I continuously pray for those afflicted with the pain of deep depression.  There are survivors and if you’re currently suffering, know that you are not alone.  I’m grateful for my family and friends closest to me, who understand what I’ve been dealing with and how I have to overcome it.  Without their support, who knows where I’d be

Stay Optimized  

Things are going great. They really are!  A lot of cool things are happening in my life right now but it’s easy to fall into the trap of it not being enough.  I continuously find holes in my performance where I can be doing better and it can get discounting looking at the flaws all the time.  I try really hard to ignore such defects but I’m always afraid that if I don’t fix what can be better, I’ll stay in mediocre land.  I don’t want to settle for anything less than the best which sounds like a great philosophy but does it make me less grateful being that way?   Absolutely!  I have to remind myself that I am human.  I will make mistakes and there’s always going to be something I can be doing better at.  This realization shouldn’t bring me down but instead keep me optimized.

Real Friends 

There’s so much I can say on this topic.  First thing that comes to mind is how once an eternal bond is set in place when friends know they’re friends for life, nothing can break that bond.  It’s unfortunate that life will tend to get in the way and touch may be lost but it’s never permanent.  Friendships can literally last for a lifetime.  Certain people I think are just cosmically connected to your soul and others are just temporarily passing through a specific season of life for an important reason.  That reason may only be circumstantial and the two souls disconnect.  For a real true friend to forever lose touch something absolutely catastrophic has to happen but even then there is the power of forgiveness.  Sure some things are unforgivable but not when real true friends are concerned.  If the souls are connected for a lifetime, there is a certainty and even a preemptive forgiveness because true friends accept the good and bad.  Flaws are overlooked.  When it comes down to it, a true friend knows the other will be there even if one has been carrying a one sided effort for awhile.  I’m grateful for the many real friends I have.  Most times those friendships are more imperative than even blood relatives.

Humility as a Way of Life 

I’d like to say as an entertainer, it’s hard to not get caught up in trying to obtain materialistic success. Of course I want to be successful and sell albums, sell out shows etc.  But how bout building character first and being honest and humble.  Isn’t that what the creator of the universe would rather us value and seek first.  It takes practice but i strive to seek spiritual things first then it seems like the material gains will happen inevitably.

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