It doesn't really have to be fancy in order for you to get the job done.
"If you want to be a writer and you don't know how or when; Find a quiet tree and use a humble pen" - Paul Simon
Or in our case... A highly connected, fully charged, picture taking, Super Computer that can fit into your pocket.
Times may change, Technology may change, But the key principles of discipline, consistency and focus are fundamental laws that are timeless.
Use what you have. Don’t always think you need more, because generations before you have achieved a lot more with a lot less so we have little excuse.
Operate using the Bare Maximum.
One Hit Wonder
It is easier to consume than it is to create. It is easy to say that that show is terrible, or that song just isn’t good enough. That that coach needs to be fired or that player should be substituted.
Easy, from this side of the fence.
But when you are the player, the coach, the producer, the singer, the artist. The creator. Your job is to create. You’re not looking to be a shooting star a passing fad or a one hit wonder.
You create. You do it again and again and again. Not for them, not for you, but because it’s what you were created to do.
When you strip it down to its essence, what is it really?
Some major and minor chords put together, a couple of words on a page. A few ideas here and there.
But over time and done consistently those few items add up to create something marvelous.
It is then that you realize that in the hands of a skilled artist who has spent hours perfecting their craft those chords are made up of scales and a guitar becomes a beautiful instrument that can actually weep.
Words are able to bounce off a page to create poetry. A voice is able to reach through your speakers to give emotions and feelings to those words.
Stories can be told that interconnect to create a whole universe, like the Marvel Universe or the Star Wars Universe.
But they all started from small kernels in somebody’s mind.
And you are a somebody too.
So start with the bare necessities and go build something great.
The proverbial Fork in the Road
It happens often, if we are wise enough to recognize it. Choosing a path leading down one road, means that you must forego the opportunities that are on another.
From the start of the year already I’ve had to make some tough choices for what I’ve felt would be for the greater good on my quest to doing this musi business thing full time.
One of those tough choices, was choosing not to apply to go to South by Southwest, in order to focus on plans to build my business. That was a tough one for me as I have absolutely loved the experience of SXSW and all the energy, ideas and people that come with it.
But sacrifices must be made for long term gains. And nothing worthwhile comes without a cost. So while I juggle a full time project management job and keep my Side-Hustle running it’s inevitable that choices will have to be made that I may not always like but will be rewarding done the line.
Its like going to the gym, saving or eating healthy, Continually choosing the right path even if it doesn’t feel good in the moment can lead to big payoffs.
What are some tough choices you have had to make recently?
Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter. I’d love to hear from you
Zipper Action gets me every time 😂
Most of us carry a super computer in our pocket and we don’t even know it. More powerful than the computer used to put man on the moon. More advanced than the studio the Beatles recorded Abbey Road in. Able to communicate with just about any other human being on the planet.
But yet, we would rather use it to play candy crush, take pictures of ourselves in the gym and show the world what we had for dinner.
When awesome tools exist, should we not use them to make the world a better place? Creating something beautiful and worth sharing.
The Apogee Mic is a cool tool that I’ve come across that plugs into your super computer in your pocket and makes it better.
If you are into home recording and want to make beautiful music, this one is definitely worth checking out.
We’re really close to wrapping up our long-awaited Single BETTER. We will be releasing worldwide but before we do, I would like to ask you a few questions to help improve our musical sound going forward.
1. What do you think songs should be talking about?
2. How does music make a difference in your life?
3. And what would you like to hear more of in today’s music?
If you can answer these brief survey questions in the comments or by just tagging me on Social media it would be greatly appreciated.
I look forward to reading your comments.