Do What You Want: A Creative Philosophy

I haven’t blogged in a while, and I’m posting a podcast after missing a week.┬áIn a world where content is king, this sounds like a damnable offense. But I’m not going to let it get me down.

Being a musician in the age of the internet is daunting and, dare I say, ridiculous. There are so many avenues to pursue, and the fear of missing out is crushing. Long story short, it’s not enough to just make art anymore.

Most musicians I know are wearing themselves so thin trying to find the new social media strategies that are hitting, what new platforms exist, and how to reach a wider audience.

I was the worst of these. Every week I felt the weight of the world in my phone. I was constantly feeling like an outsider while smarter, more successful people were building the careers of their dreams.

But then it struck me. After countless interviews with dear friends, colleagues, artists, and business owners I found the two elements that made all of these things possible: honesty and consistency.

If you look at so many of the great faces of content creation, these are the two things that shine through the most often. They’re honest about who they are as people and what they want to present to the world, and they just do it, over and over again.

Sure there are ways to make it easier and more attractive, but a lot of these strategies move so quickly that it’s just a matter of trend chasing.

So I’ve found what I want to do, a podcast that brings people together via music and educates the world about that and, hopefully a lot more. So as long as I keep doing that, my “engagement metrics” matter a lot less, well to me anyway. Because this art, this content, is something that I would do no matter what.

Honestly, this is the first time I’ve ever made something that doesn’t feel like it needs to be a job or a hustle to be important. Which spares me the existential nosedive when I miss a week here or there of publishing content.

So maybe that’s the lesson. Honesty, consistency, and just do what you want first.

01.27.2020-Forget what you’re supposed to be.

Feeling great coming off this weekend.

Got to spend time with great people talking about great things.

And I think that’s what I enjoy most. Also, forget what you think people think you should be and go after the thing that matters most.

Forget what you’re supposed to be and be what you are.

This weekend I got to spend time with a friend and the best part was I could tell how much he enjoyed music again just by making some changes to his life.

We get really caught up in how we feel we’re supposed to do things but we forget the bigger picture. There’s no set way to do most things.

I realized this weekend that my to passions are music and bringing people together and the podcast that I’m releasing accomplishes both goals.

It’s nice to feel excited again.

01.23.2020

Afternoon Musings

I forgot to write this morning.

My mood has increased from yesterday to today. I started morning yoga this week which seems to me my new jam. Working out in the morning has always been an issue for me but yoga seems to help ease me into it.

The progress in the practice room has been massive. It’s been great to cut out all of the noise.

01.21.2020

Morning Musings

I’m seeing a pattern in my peaks and valleys of creative productivity. I think one thing to keep in mind is to push through the routine as much as possible.

Show up. Work. Write. Repeat. These are the ways to keep the creativity moving.

01.21.2020

Morning Musings

Didn’t sleep well last night.

It’s hard to push through burnout sometimes. This life that I’ve chosen seems to be constantly hedging my bet on myself. It makes it easy to lose heart.

But we can focus on being the best we can be. That’s what matters.