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  1. 2 points
    Allison, how about you give us a sample of your music/playstyle? I find it strange you won't even mention the instrument(s) you play. In the meantime, if you don't like business, that will hurt you and probably badly. If you do like composing, however, and you write A LOT, you might be able to build a following and potentially have someone else handle the business side. It will also likely benefit you greatly to perform a lot. If you don't like teaching, well that's another avenue where you can't make money. But if you like the idea of being a studio musician, that could really help you out - if you can make the contacts or otherwise get known amongst the studio circle, able to compete either musically or professionally (attitude) with the existing studio musicians. Now... having said that, as a studio musician you will probably be asked to play in certain styles. If you can't hack that, then just maybe, if you have kind of that following mentioned earlier or the reputation, maybe you will be asked time to time to come in for your unique twist on things. Otherwise, I have to agree with Tom in that for the most part you sound like a passionate hobbyist. EDIT: Btw, it is absolutely true that often who you know is more important than your ability. So spread out, meet people, network, create or apply to as many interesting projects as you can and both do a good job and make a good impression. Make friends. And of course, continue to develop your ability. While contacts can be more important, if you're called up to do something, you need to be ready.
  2. 2 points
    You impress me as someone looking for sincere advice, so I'll give it to you. I recommend a career in something other-than music. The description you shared clearly depicts someone with hobbyist (amateur) desires & goals. There is nothing wrong with that, it's simply not a good fit a career musician. I realize this probably isn't the advice you were hoping for, but it is the best I have to give. After a number of years as a professional musician/performer, that was the direction I chose. To this day, I believe it was the correct one for me. Good luck & I hope you continue to enjoy your musical involvement! Tom
  3. 1 point
    Brief Encounter just a moment from birth to death to grow and be such a little time to hope, to wish, to dream, some days, go on forever some days, in a flash, they’re gone! but love, if you’re lucky sits gently like a favourite poem or song…..
  4. 1 point
    Art can be tricky when done full time. To make ends meet, you often have to sacrifice love. But then, if you lose the love, what's the point? On the other hand, to keep love, you often have to be okay with it taking a long time to build up the necessary reputation (read: business) to make ends meet, or have to be okay with that never even happening. Now, of course, you absolutely can learn another skill in order to pay the bills. Heck, that will also help you grow as a person, and infuse itself into your music. That being said, you'll have less time to work on music. So again, tricky. But.... let's see... you're interested in music theory, multi-instrumentation, recording/production/mixing arts, composing, and performing. If you really love all of that, then I think you've got a (potentially) solid foundation if you truly work in each avenue. While not necessary, getting a music degree could help as it would both strengthen you as an artist, and give you the option to teach. (I know you said you don't want to teach, but there are many things and situations in which you could teach. You could teach public school, colleges, universities. You could create your own classes of whatever you want and market them to the city (most cities have public classes). You could teach arranging, mixing, production, composing... whatever.) But yeah, if you want to make money, you're going to have to build your presence and your repertoire. Write, write, write, and perform, perform, and network, network, network, network. I know some guys who are highly successful - Emmy level - but they started very young and worked hard in music all their lives, not becoming truly successful until their 40-50s. (EDIT: At the same time, I know guys who have been in music all of their lives, who are incredible musicians, but in their 40-50s, they still live paycheck to paycheck, struggling.) They had a couple advantages of it being easier to gig back then (I think), and that there were less people with proper home studios. But you have the advantage of the internet/globalization, and lots of cool, pro or semi-pro tools that are much cheaper. EDIT2: And you will need at least a little bit of luck. Having contacts increases your potential for luck.
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    Tom and Moso, thank you so much for your kind and sincere responses. Moso, I am a non-classical violinist. I sing for my songs, and I am learning the guitar. I do a lot of things someone in music engineering might do, recording sounds and then do editing upon edition, experimenting with recording styles and environment, editing, etc. What I love about performing is that there is a connection between me, the song, and an audience. That is the power - even if just one person understands the strength and meaning in a song, and they in some deep way relate to it, then it was worth performing. I'll gladly upload a song or two later. I like the idea. Perhaps I will try my hand for now at going into a few studios where I live, offer my services as an independent contractor, and see how that goes. Best case scenario, I end up loving it and going more into music, meeting some great people. Worst case scenario, they hate what I come up with and I'm chased out of the studio with pitchforks and fire, and I do something else I love. Thank you both again. One other question: right now, I feel very pressured to try and make it work if I decide I want to be in music. Should I try to approach the first job with trying to make it work, even if I have to force it, or should I go in relaxed and open?
  6. 1 point
    I love the intro. It sets the stage for a really cool, creative story that, unfortunately, isn't quite delivered on. It's always tough to ditch a project, but turning it into a verse (or even a chorus), and seeing if that prompts a more worthy lyric seems like a good option to me. See if you can reopen whatever golden vein inspired that stanza.
  7. 1 point
    Indeed, the title is perfect. Profound thought, expressed well and succinctly. I particularly like the last three lines.
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    Wow, this caught my eye. Love it. Says so much in as brief a moment as the title, poem and life as we know it. Great title. Cheers Dan and thanks for sharing.
  9. 1 point
    Thanks for listening....and liking. The production is not very good...but I wanted to see if anyone liked the song idea and the melody. I'm pleased with the response.....and will be working this up for a better recording.
  10. 1 point
    Tough to argue with that It just happened to be the first well-known example I recall...also one of the most blatant. Back in my early band days, every local band played a version of that tune. It was one of "those" songs That being said, most local keyboard players slaughtered the organ solo, but that was par for the course. Below is one of those "local bands" I referred to, with me behind the drums (age 14). That's a homemade strobe light on the floor in front of the bass drum LOLololol.... Many thanks to everyone who took the time to view this, or comment...much appreciated ! Tom BTW this video is part of a larger playlist called "Arrangement 101". Five videos in all...here's the playlist link if anyone's interested - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLe0D5HSvsFIfSjCsemsL9qRC3Gea6-M0L
  11. 1 point
    I wholly concur with the general sentiment - I'm liable to drive off the road in a fit of rage every time I hear the neutered version of Golden Earring's "Twilight Zone" - but it's amusing that you chose "Light My Fire" to illustrate the point. That is the rare example of a song where I consider the edits to be an improvement. I've always thought the interludes sounded like poorly rehearsed noodling.
  12. 1 point
    Hello I normally post in the Artists Cafe but I think your work on this beautiful song coupled with the suggestions already made here should be on the radio love the gravel in your voice I loved it take care Theresa
  13. 1 point
    ozarkbluefox There was a man Who loved a girl With all his heart She was his world The only love he'd ever known And now his heart is all alone She promised him for worse or better But now he sits and reads old letters And every letter reads the same Just before she signed her name Love always Love always Love always makes him cry Each time he tries not to cry And keep the tears from his eyes But when he gets down to the end Of every letter she had sent Down at the bottom It breaks his heart When he read the final part For every one would end the same Just before she signed her name Love always Love always Love always makes him cry She read his gravestone just today In letters high, cold and gray Down at the bottom Two words inscribed Love always Love always Love always made her cry
  14. 1 point
    Seriously...old statues & strips clubs in the same sentence??? As if the two are somehow connected. lololololol..... Oh well, different strokes for different folks I guess.
  15. 1 point
    To be fair, this track will be one of the first songs to get re-written once they finish pulling down old statues and closing all the strip clubs. Eventually they will get through them all but this will be fairly early in the process... "Person, Who's not confined to a dress A fluid gender, because labels oppress."
  16. 1 point
    Very calm! Quality instrumentation and vocals!
  17. 1 point
    It's certainly a world filled with opposites as well as conflict. Thanks for sharing
  18. 1 point
    It really would be a shame to lose SC - they have been pretty much ubiquitous when it comes to internet audio. However, like pretty much every tech company that folds, they're not going to pull the rug out within hours. We'll all be given ample time to archive our audio, should that dark day ever come.
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