With a new year it’s always good to set new goals. You know. Hashtag goals, right? And, being a musician, I wanted to share my 2018 musical goals. Let’s do it.
I have four musical goals for 2018. Some are extremely simple, others uhhhhh not so much. But they all have to do with making music. Because that’s what it’s all about.
Goal number 1 is a familiar one.
In 2018, I want to make new music and share it with the world. That is my number one musical goal every year. If that sounds familiar it is because that is the advice that I give to anyone who wants to be a musician. Do you want to know the secret of how to make good music? You start by making bad music and then you don’t quit. It’s as simple as that. So yeah. Goal one: make new music and share it with the world.
Goal number 2—I want to play more instruments this year.
I have a lot of instruments. I can play a lot of instruments. But there are so many times where I just fire up a sample library on the MIDI controller because it’s easier. And don’t get me wrong. I love sample libraries and soft synths. I’ll be playing a lot of those in this year. But, something about the production and engineering that goes into recording a real trombone, or a real Japanese Shamisen gives the music an authentic, unique quality that a sample library can’t. So, goal two is to play more instruments.
Goal number three is an actual challenge. Just a few weeks ago, I released an album. Talking Leaf Music, available on Spotify and iTunes. Links above. Shameless plug. And I realized something very cool. I learned how you know when you’re doing something you love. You see, making an album all by yourself is hard. Even with the incredible level of technology that the modern era affords, the creative endeavor of trying to write and play every part for an album is a daunting task. Not to mention the technical and administrative aspects of releasing an album. Whether that is final mix and master, uploading to Spotify, filing copyright or registering songwriting and publishing with your PRO. There is a lot of work that goes into it. But you know that you’re doing something you love when you go through a long, complicated process and get to the end and you’re excited not because it’s over, but because you get to start again. And, of course in business school they tell you to make smart goals. SMART meaning, strategic, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-oriented. And I say, the only thing better than doing what you love is doing more of what you love. So, last year I released an album. This year, well, I’m going to release two albums. One in late June and one in late December. I’ll be sure to let you know when they “drop”, as the kids say. And that’s goal three. Two albums in 2018.
Goal 4 is perhaps the most important. I did a holiday guitar buying guide video last month where I made a joke about how it’s better to receive than it is to give. It was a funny video and the line was tongue-in-cheek, but it is not true. It is better to give than it is to receive and that is my fourth goal. I hope that through this YouTube channel, through my work with clients both here in the studio and over the internet, through all my musical efforts, I am able to give as much to the musical community this year as I receive from it. Because the artist puts oil to a canvas to create a painting, the writer puts words to a page to create a novel, but to create music, the musician must put rhythm and harmony to the silence to create something truly magical. And my goal is that this year, we can all as musicians take our creations from silence to magic.
So, those are my four musical goals for the year. I’d love to know what yours are. Leave them below in the comments or let me know what they are on my Twitter @talkinglm because one of my non-musical resolutions is to figure out how social media works. That’s all for now, I’ll catch you guys in the next one. Bye!