Monthly Archives: January 2016

What Are You Afraid Of?

What’s stopping you?  Do you feel like you’re standing on the wings of the stage, about to go on, yet you just can’t bring yourself to step out into the spotlight, in front of an audience that doesn’t know you?  … Continue reading

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Nobody Wants New Ideas

Although there are spectacular exceptions to the rule, I can say with some certainty, having spent a very large part of my life paying attention to how new ideas are accepted and diffused, that nobody really wants new ideas. New … Continue reading

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Difficult Collab Conversations

In the Disney, fairy tale version of music production, the story goes something like this: a group of brilliant and talented musicians collaborate, in the studio, to voluntarily and cheerily create a true masterpiece.  No money changes hands.  The art … Continue reading

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Damn! We Missed It!

These days, a media sensation can rise, peak and vanish before you even find out about it.  We live in such a multichannel world, deluged in content of varying quality, that it has become easy to miss a rising star, … Continue reading

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The Constrictions of Project Studios

Not so much now, because big studios have become almost extinct, like dinosaurs, but about a decade ago, it was fashionable to bemoan the music being produced in small, project studios and home studios.  Many of the arguments made, back … Continue reading

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To Become a Professional Artist, Start Out Privileged

People are baffled why I care so much about income inequality.  What’s that got to do with art or making things?  The argument goes that I should leave the super rich to what they’re doing, turn myself into a mindful, … Continue reading

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Cheapness and Value

Lots of artists bemoan the fact that their work is undervalued.  When they adjust their prices downward, to sell anything at all, their work is regarded as cheap and is thus treated with a modicum of barely concealed contempt.  Why … Continue reading

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What They Don’t Tell You about Being Special

As an artist, you might actually be special.  You might have found your authentic voice and be doing work that nobody else could or would produce.  You might be that rare thing – a unicorn.  Thought to be mythical, but … Continue reading

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Affection and Abandonment

I have a theory.  I think artists crave affection more than most people.  They are affection sponges.  I believe this because a lot of what they do calls for attention and positive attention at that, mostly.  They really want you … Continue reading

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Mind Altering Drugs: A Chemical War on Awareness?

Over the weekend, my attention was drawn to the following two books: Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BORMIRG Drugs as Weapons Against Us: The CIA’s Murderous Targeting of SDS, Panthers, Hendrix, Lennon, Cobain, Tupac, … Continue reading

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