Social Media is at once surreal and extremely real.
On the surreal side, you don’t owe it or any of us anything. Nor does what it gives you count for anything on its own.
On the real side, it is exactly like real life with busy, busy people trying to live their lives as best they can. These people don’t have time for everything or everyone. They have massive personal challenges (that can’t be shared – see my thoughts on surreal). They feel tremendous pressure from an increasingly interconnected yet impersonal world that they hardly recognize.
My tip to artists is to be yourself and share what you do in a real – authentically you – way that is motivated by what motivates the real and authentic you. Just like in real life, most will walk on by, but the right ones will not. And some will follow you anywhere.
Or said in a better and brilliant way by Howard Thurman, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”Read More
The gift of music is precious, touching and life affirming. I hope you’re using it well.
Have you ever wondered why you’re talented? Why you’re able to carry a tune, pick out harmony and rhythm, or string melodies together into a song?
And it sounds good, too. Wow.
Have you ever wondered, “why music?”
I mean, everyone’s talented, but you’re talented at music. Isn’t that cool?
And it won’t go away either. Even when you’re old and gray, you’ll still be able to poke at a piano and smile.
What’s a person like you, with your tastes, passions, interests, musical and non-musical abilities, ideas, dreams, desires and resources, supposed to DO with this gift of music?
Is this gift for you only?
And why now instead of the 1600’s or the 300’s?
Why 2012 with electricity, the internet, flight, connectedness, interdependence, and a confusing and growing mix of wealth, poverty, peace and deadly conflicts?
Why are you, the musically talented you, alive now?
You Should Know
I encourage you to know the answers to these and other related questions.
- We need you to know these answers because your music isn’t just for you, it’s for us too.
- You need to the answers so you can handle your treasure with care and use it well.
The alternative was posted on Facebook yesterday by The College of Rock and Roll Knowledge:
On this date, Oct. 12, 1978, while living at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City, Sex Pistols Sid Vicious called the police to say that someone had stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. He was arrested and charged with murder and placed in the detox unit of a New York prison. He would never stand trial as he died from a heroin over dose the following Feb.
The answers matter, because you matter.
If We Could Just Sit and Talk
I’d tell you:
- That gigging today doesn’t mean you’ll be gigging 5 years from now.
- That nothing beats building relationships with quality people.
- If you’re missing home and/or friends and family now, it’ll only get worse.
- Don’t build a career, build a life.
- EVERYTHING you’re doing is building towards or taking away from the life you want. Choose wisely.
- Yes everything. Your words. Your actions. Your relationships. Your equipment. Your attitude.
- You don’t have to be a “STAR” to be a happy, productive, successful musician or artist.
- Define “success” for yourself.
- Music is first and foremost about art. It always has been and always will be.
- Making art takes craftsmanship. Get great at crafting art.
- Decide if you want to make a living from art or live to make art. There’s a difference. You can one, the other, or do both.
- This is all your choice. No one’s but yours because, this is your life.
- Making a living from art takes entrepreneurship. Get great at building and running the business called You, Inc.
- Serve others. Give value – some of it for free, some not.
- You are more than your talents – know your true worth as a person.
- The more you give the world your true worth, the more success you’ll find. People gravitate towards truth.
- Get around people who are in life where you want to be.
- You have more opportunity than any musician who has ever lived. And you’ll have more tomorrow.
- And I’d tell you so much more and ask thought provoking questions too.
- But I’ll leave you with this for today: get to work. Yes, it takes work. Anything worth having does – and your life is indeed worth it.
Are any of these a surprise?