So several months ago, I started with an introduction of myself, and I said I’d post more of my music/side project stuff as well as random musings. I haven’t really followed through. I know this is going to get buried somewhere on this site somewhere, but that’s fine. This is a selfish post for me to read in the future. If someone else can read this and feel any type of resolve from it at a time of creative frustration, fantastic. Anyways….let’s begin.
Lately, I’ve been trying to take my music to the next level. By lately I mean the past year or so, and to the next level, I mean outside of just being a really undeveloped riff/song idea and into a mixed/mastered finished product that would be placed on a record. Sounds easy enough, right? Not really. It’s honestly one of the most difficult things I can imagine someone can do. Especially if you do the whole process from start to finish. I know lots of people do that, and you have my respect. I’m trying to get there. See, it’s more than just coming up with some kind of catchy song for me. It’s really almost therapeutic to get these ideas out of my brain. Music is poetry in motion to me. I’ve said that many times before, and will always say that.
So between trying to be more cognitive about the actual art of making music, the theory involved, the use of tension and release as well as the understanding of how to make a song that would appeal to at least someone…as well as working on trying to understand how to then capture that idea and fit all of that creativity between two speakers properly is no easy task. Between a full time job and the other obligations life brings about. So needless to say I’m frustrated. I feel like I’m spinning my wheels at the start line. That’s not true though, and I have to remember that. It takes time. That’s something that we really don’t give ourselves. Everything has to be immediate. We all want to go to that audition for that one TV show that will make us famous, or we all want to post that youtube cover video in hopes that in a week a famous producer will find you and sign you. We all want to have the Soundcloud upload that allows us to make more, full time, while still being able to live and feed yourself. We seldom think about the actual art and science of music. The craft require, the near selfishness entailed at times to make something not for other, but for ourselves. That shunt of emotion and creativity that allows you to share what you see the world as with others in a finite amount of time. That’s what got us all into it at first. We all heard that song that resonated with us. That made us feel something, or had the words to say when we didn’t have them. That, as music makers, is what we should strive for. Not for overnight fame or success. Sure, that would be nice, but then it’s so easy to lose the point of why we all got started in music. To create, express, and understand.
So sure, you may still be struggling getting that guitar part nailed down pat, or that mix just right, or those lyrics perfect for the song, but remember it’s the journey, not only the destination. It’s not a race, or a marathon, it’s an exercise in your own ability to emote, excite, and teach.
Bottom line: Music is not a competition, it should not be a cash cow, it should not be your money cow. It’s an art and a science. It should be respected, and approached with the desire to share and create and the thrill of a challenge or the crave of release.
~Andrew Danger, 2014