Monthly Archives: October 2011

Artists Are Not Fast Moving Consumer Goods

Pile them high, sell them cheap.  That’s the motto of the kings of fast moving consumer goods.  The things you buy in this category are treated as low margin, low value-add commodities and the aim of the game is to … Continue reading

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So Apparently This is All a Waste of Time

I read a blog today that said that if your readership statistics on your blog were below a certain figure, you were wasting your time blogging.  I looked at my own statistics and they were just slightly above that figure.  … Continue reading

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How to Make an Artist’s Day

I know a young singer-song writer on Twitter.  I say know.  The truth is I occasionally exchange tweets with her, but she is always a joy to converse with.  As a singer-songwriter, she is very good.  I mean exceptional.  I … Continue reading

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Endurance

There is a famous Soviet era joke that once made the rounds, in what is now capitalist Russia, about the then premiere Leonid Brezhnev.  Having reached the peak of his career in becoming party leader and the supreme authority in … Continue reading

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Two Tragedies

I spent some time listening to some songwriters on the iPlayer this morning.  One of the song writers is a song writing role model of mine, of sorts.  One of the others I had never heard of, the other I … Continue reading

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Learning by Doing

If you’re like me, this is a lesson you might have learned many times, yet it is so easy to forget.  It always works, though.  If you want to be a guitar player, play guitar a lot.  If you want … Continue reading

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Living Your Principles

I write a lot about things you ought to do to become a great artist and I believe in those things sincerely.  As we all know, it’s incredibly difficult to live by your own principles.  We all have a tendency … Continue reading

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