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When I'm Finally Sittin' In The Old Man's Chair

Drinkin' & Thinkin' is Inspired by Tony Robbins' "Rocking Chair Test"

(Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)

In a year where a global pandemic has ground our livelihood to a screeching halt, causing widespread fear and uncertainty, it never felt more purposeful and fulfilling to release a song inspired by an exercise to overcome fear.

Drinkin’ & Thinkin’, by John Maksym, is based on Tony Robbins’ profound “Rocking Chair Test” imagining yourself sitting in your rocking chair on your front porch at 80 years old (with a glass of whisky in hand), and reflecting on your life.

What choices were you afraid to make that you now have regrets not making? What choices did you make that led you down a path of incredible adventure, joy, and fulfillment? And through it all, what was the most important thing that you found on your journey? Hopefully the answer is the one thing that connects us all. It's unconditional. Love.

John Maksym writes songs with a careful blend of life experience and personal development messaging. The most freeing experiences in life are in the moments after you push past your fears.

"Take Freedom, on the other side of Fear" - John Maksym

About John Maksym

Kitchener, Ontario-native John Maksym spent his early childhood jumping on his parents' furniture, singing along to every Bruce Springsteen hit from the 80s. He would dawn a red cape and face mask, and with his red plastic electric guitar, pretend to perform on the big stage, entertaining the masses.

Fast forward to today, and that energetic kid has become a well-respected recording artist, songwriter, and yes, live performer—throughout Southern Ontario and beyond. As the frontman of several independent alternative rock bands from the late ‘90s to 2019, John especially honed his craft in the 13 years leading his most recent band, Breaching Vista.

The highlights of his career thus far include working with Live Nation Canada on several events; directly supporting Marianas Trench, Finger Eleven, Theory of a Deadman, USS, Kim Mitchell, The Tea Party, and many more; playing festival stages for The Vans Warped Tour, Sound of Music, Beat Rocks the Block, and so many others; working with JUNO Award winning producer, engineer, and mixer Siegfried Meier, who recorded Breaching Vista’s single Sleep (which gained rotation on terrestrial radio in Canada); gracing the cover of ECHO magazine for the launch of his band’s album Vera City (2011); performing as special guests to CBC at the Gemini Awards; and John’s final BV song, Planet, was a semi-finalist (out of thousands of entries) in the Music City Song Star (2019) and Unsigned Only (2020) songwriting competitions.

John is embarking on the next chapter of his musical journey in 2020, launching his career as a solo recording artist. The time has never felt more right, the circumstances more in his favor. Though he may have traded in his red cape and face mask for a pair of chucks and fresh jacket, he’s never lost sight of his goals of the big stage and entertaining the masses. Get familiar with the name John Maksym before everyone else does, and you can tell all your friends “I discovered him first!”

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