Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Gentle Art of Encouragement

If you get known for your artistic output, sooner or later, somebody is going to show you something artistic they made and ask you for your honest evaluation and opinion.  This is your big chance to add to the stock … Continue reading

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Artistic Competition? What a Load of Tosh

I like Seth Godin.  He often posts really interesting and surprising blogs, with refreshing points of view, that get me to think.  I like to share some of them with friends on facebook, etc. Recently, though, he posted one that … Continue reading

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The Problem with Imagination

Artists tend to be characterised by at least one commonly shared characteristic.  They tend to be imaginative and have active, agile imaginations.  That’s a good thing, right?  Mostly right. If imagining comes easily to you, there is a danger.  A … Continue reading

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Why Must a Song Be Three Minutes Long?

It’s become conventional wisdom that if you want a song to be commercially successful, it has to be three minutes long.  Look on the song writing advice and tips web sites and they tell you the same thing.  The art … Continue reading

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Reverence

Sometimes, the most creative expression you can make is to silently revere those that have lost all, those that are suffering, those who are in pain and those that will somehow find the strength to carry on. We are all … Continue reading

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Surprise Yourself

This is not advice I like taking myself, but like many things that are good for you, it initially fills you with dread.  Next time you feel you are too tired, ill, uninspired or lacking in motivation to create some … Continue reading

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15 Records That Changed the Way I Make Music

If we make music, I believe we’re all a product of our influences.  I’ve loved music ever since I was very small and over the decades, I have listened to a lot of music.  I had hundreds of albums, when … Continue reading

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