Sunday, July 14, 2013

Four Things To Do Today

1. Focus on the Art, not just being an Artist.

It’s very easy to look at the exciting world of being a creative artist and all the attention it brings. But this is completely putting the cart before the horse.

This week, spend your attentions and focus on your art. What are you working on now? A new song? A new book? A new painting? A new blog?

In our hurry to be craftsmen, we sometimes forget to craft anything at all. That’s why artists are so surprised at how much they learn and grow during the production process. They find out so much about themselves and their focus in the song discovery phase. They learn about real craftsmanship when hearing, watching, and meeting the players and producers they work with. They discover their abilities and limits with the vocal process, and realize the magic of the entire process at mix.

It’s the process of making the thing, of making the art that grows us into artists.

How about we start there?

And speaking of getting started…

2. Start Now.

I've heard over and over someone say, “Well, I’d love to get started on my dream, but I have to find the money first.”

This is a ludicrous reason not to get started on your dreams.

When we dream about doing something big, especially if the world deems it superfluous, we are quick to shake our head and say we don’t have the money, time, courage, or talent. I find these excuses are dangerous and dream-killers.

Derek Sivers has a great quote about this:

“If you want to be useful, you can always start now, with only 1 percent of what you have in your grand vision. It’ll be a humble prototype, but you’ll be in the game. You’ll be ahead of the rest, because you actually started, while others are waiting for the finish line to magically appear at the starting line.”

Want to start a new album but know you don’t have the money or time? Why not start ONE song? Why not start contacting those who can help you? Why insist on lining everything perfectly up and perhaps never getting started?

Find a way to start now. How about today?

3. Be Studious.

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” - Harry S. Truman

Especially in this day of the Internet and Google, there is no reason you shouldn't be able to learn everything you ever wanted to.

I really believe one of the keys to my early development before I moved to a major music city was subscribing to every music magazine I could, and reading every music business book I could fine. It took the place of having music people near me, and available for lunch or tea any day of the week.

In order to be successful at your craft and your career you need to read and absorb every single thing you can.

"An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge." - Proverbs 18:15

4. Be Industrious.

Do you know it took the music publisher of J.S Bach FORTY-SIX YEARS to go through all the scores, collect them and publish them, and the completed edition filled sixty volumes!

Composer Richard Wagner remarked that Bach’s legacy was “the most stupendous miracle in all music”.

And Bach didn't only compose music, he also was an organist, conductor, music director, private instructor, Latin teacher, AND raised a huge family while moving from post to post. How did he do it?

As David Letterman used to say: “Volume, volume, volume!”

In the final year before he died, he lost his sight after an operation. Do you think this slowed him down?

Actually the reverse, he frantically pursued revisions to his work.

I know how he feels. If I knew my time on this earth was limited, I would be on a mission to finish everything.

“I was made to work; if you are equally industrious you will be equally successful.” - JS Bach

So there’s you marching orders for this week true creatives! Got a comment or question? Leave it below!

Have a great week!

Eric Copeland is a producer, consultant, and is doing all the things above so as not to say “do as I say, not as I do.” If you need help with any creative thing you want to do, check out

1 comment:

  1. I believe that Start button is my message for the week with the Bach's style industry a must to see me through. Thanks for writing.


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