I want to share some things that have been on my mind recently, but first I want to say…
Something BIG is Coming
I’m in the middle of a really big project that really means a lot to me. I believe it finally addresses what you’ve been asking me to do for a long time. It keeps getting pushed back and back, but that’s just because I want to get it right. I can’t wait to share it with you. And don’t worry, when it’s ready you will definitely hear about it.
I’ve Been Talking With a Lot of Musicians
The past few months on the blog have been great. I’ve been able to talk to lots of other musicians about their frustrations and challenges and whatever is holding them back from really doing what they want with their own music.
Lots of the musicians I talked to are working hard to try to reach their goals with music, but a lot of them feel like they’re hitting a wall and that they can’t go any further.
These conversations with you has caused me to really reflect on what has been going on in my life recently.
Thinking About a Legacy and What’s Really Important
I’ve done a lot of kind of crazy things in the past few months. I quit my job. I sold my house. Doing all this really forced me to think about some bigger things.
As a father, these things were hard to justify. It’s hard to do something that takes away stability from my family. But I really started to think about the legacy I wanted to leave behind for my kids. The more I thought about it, the more I saw the benefits of going out and at least attempting to leave my mark on the world by doing the thing I love.
When I had to decide whether to keep my job or quit and do this music thing full time, I considered my family above myself. A lot of people might think that my decision should have been to keep a stable job and provide for them, but I ultimately decided that quitting would do more for them in the long run.
We only have so much time in our life. I want to show my kids that you can really do something meaningful with it.
What I’ve Been Up to The Last Six Months
Aside from the job-quitting and house-selling, I’ve been working on lots of music. I went on a nationwide tour playing guitar. I’ve been making YouTube videos. I’ve been coming up with content for this blog. I’ve been sorting out all the ideas for more crazy things I want to do in the future.
I busted my butt for 4 weeks and released a new EP called Passage before I went on tour in December. The tour took me from sunny San Diego, California, to Florida, all the way up to Chicago, Illinois and Wisconsin, and everywhere in between. It was such a crazy and awesome experience. After that I put together a Kickstarter campaign to press the Passage EP to vinyl, which was incredibly successful. I’m busting my butt again right now to get another set of songs done for my son Blake before he is born at the end of February.
Working on music full-time is awesome. It’s hard work, but I’ve never been happier. The best part is that I’ve got even more time to dream about more awesome things that I want to do in the future.
I Mentioned Something Big is Coming. Here’s a Little Hint:
“There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.” – Jim Morrison
And I believe it’s going to help answer the following question.
What’s the #1 Reason Why Musicians Can’t Get What They Want From Their Music?
Throughout all these changes in the past few months I’ve been thinking. And after talking to lots of other musicians, I think I’ve figured something out. I figured out why most musicians can’t get what they want from their music. And I believe its the answer to the one really BIG REQUEST I keep getting from you.
It has nothing to do with how many Facebook fans or Twitter fans you can amass. It has nothing to do with how well-presented your YouTube videos are or how pretty your website is.
It’s not even really about your consistency in making and releasing music. It’s much bigger and more fundamental than that.
If you want to know the answer, you’ll have to stick around This post has been long enough.
Where are you heading with your music?
In the comments below I’d love to hear what things you’ve been doing with your music recently. Any exciting plans? Or you can tell me what the quote above means to you personally.
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