I wrote the first entry one month before I turned 30, and wrote my last entry on my 30th birthday. I screwed up the numbers a lot and made tons of typos, so here's the complete, cleaned up list for your enjoyment/education.
One of the biggest blessings/curses that we have as humans is the ability to reminisce about times in our lives when things were simpler. It's amazing to remember how fun the good times were, but also a curse that it's in the past and can no longer be relived.
Forget the War on Christmas. There is a War on Liberal Arts Majors.
What's the difference between your friends and your customers? Should they be the same person? Or Not?
I've had a problem lately. I want to create too much. And none of it helpful. I want to write new music, new books, new blogs, everything, I want to create it all! But have I gone too far?
I spend a lot of time alone with my thoughts these days, and to keep those thoughts positive, I brainstorm. But I've been doing this so much that I think I've run out of ideas. Realistically, I know it's not a bad thing. But there's a part of me that cannot accept this. I finished my most recent song three months ago. But there hasn't been time for it since I want to write another novel! And how on earth can I maintain two twitter accounts?
As of right now, I'm sitting here wondering what my next blog post will be about. Or will I jump into my second novel? Or write song #41? I'm torn between what's next, and as a result, nothing is happening. Meanwhile, what I really want to is to be able to create things like new inventions, ways to improve the economy, even ways to make money and start new businesses and create things people really need. But I can't. I write songs. And novels.
Do other creative minded people go through spells like this? I'm pretty much ready to call this whole thing an addiction to creating new things.
I have written 40 songs since high school. To some, that may be herculean. To others, that would be a joke. But to me, they're 40 aspects of my life that I felt were not only worth documenting, but were also worth turning into music.
I am proud of, and love, every one of my songs. Not only that, I would perform all of them for you right here, right now if I could. But in addition to my desire to perform them, is my desire to go all VH1 Storytellers on you and tell you the story behind every one of those songs.
So do you really want to hear those song meanings coming from me? Or would you rather listen to the lyrics and figure the meaning out for yourself? Personally, I love it when the songwriter tells his stories behind the tunes, or even some of the history of the song. (ie, when Dave Grohl explained why he put Big Me on hiatus for ten years. Hi-la-ri-ous!) So when I play, I might throw a few details about it before I start playing.
I'm curious, my lovely readers, what is your take on this? Give you the meanings? Or figure them out on your own? Discuss.
Since this is my first post, I want to start with a little background about me:
I have been playing the guitar since I was in 8th grade. My sophomore year in high school, I took a classical guitar class. When the class was over, I was given the honor of proceeding to an advanced classical guitar class to finish out the year. Not because it was part of the curriculum, but because my teacher wanted on her own free time to teach myself and a few select students who showed great interest in becoming stronger musicians. I took this new-found knowledge and with a few talented friends, formed my first band The Late Shift. We had a lot of fun for a few years before we went in different directions musically. As a result, I took some time away to work on my career.
Skip ahead four years now to 2005. I was back in college finishing the degree I never got (that will be a future story), I was involved in a serious relationship, and I was more independent. I also picked up the guitar again, and recorded my first full-length album. I was motivated by my drive for success. I was also motivated by new discoveries in technology that allowed for my music to be distributed.
I discovered MySpace and signed up for a page. I instantly uploaded a few songs, and immediately I was connected to my friends and potential fans through their superior networking system. Within several months, I had several thousand views on my music, and I felt successful.
But this was seven years ago. Since then, there has been a distinct gradual difference in the way music is marketed online. First off, MySpace is no longer relevant. But if you do want your music to be put into the spotlight on MySpace, it has to be distributed through an online retailer like CDBaby or Tunecore. Both of these services have increased their prices in recent years in order to compete with each other. Meanwhile, Facebook, the relevant social network service, has removed their music player from their fan pages. If you want your fans to hear music on Facebook, you have to pay for a premium service through Reverbnation or some other ones I can't think of right now and allow third party access to your Facebook account. But be careful because when I tried to do this, my Norton responded that this content contains malware. So then what options am I left with? Twitter?!? Or some other social networking site no one's ever heard of??
Obviously these online companies are businesses. They want to make a profit, and that's completely understandable. But so are us musicians. Unless we have fans throwing donations at us, we can't afford to distribute the music. On the other hand, fans aren't going to hear the music unless we distribute it first! It's a vicious circle.