Two Thousand Eleven
Happy New Year!
I don't know about you, but the end of 2010 snuck up on me. The last half of the year was a whirlwind--I released Tributary, picked up a few more sideman gigs, and kept recording and producing music for other artists. I've learned a lot and have a clearer vision of my abilities, weaknesses, and artistic direction in general.
It's taken me a while to write this particular blog post because I wanted to announce some big news, or at least some sort of New Year's resolution. Instead, my contract with myself is the same as always:
Go to bed a little better than when I woke up.
In a nutshell, I've learned that there's no substitute for preparation. That's also the one thing you have control over--how well prepared you are for any given opportunity.
Musically speaking, there's always room to grow but it takes consistent focus. Practicing and developing your art is a lifelong exercise that, without attention, can atrophy.
Artistic growth comes from continually challenging myself with new ideas, and technical growth comes with daily practice. In the long term, I want to develop my own voice as an artist, but in the short term I want to be a versatile player for many different gigs.
From a business angle, there is always a need to grow simply to survive. How can I make myself more marketable as a musician? How can I spread the word about my latest album without turning into a salesman?
A huge part of a successful business is having a great product--that takes me back to the whole preparation thing. But beyond the product, I have to continue seeking out opportunities for my work, and that's a time consuming process. My goal for this year is to figure out a more efficient way to expand that end of my business so I can spend more time on the creative end.
There are a few things in the works for early this year. I've been recording with two bands: The City Billies and Stellar Ego. The City Billies album doesn't have a release date yet, but Stellar Ego has a CD Release show booked on Friday, February 11 in NYC (see the calendar for details). I'm currently rushing to put the finishing touches on my guitar parts!
Later this year my trio will be on the road with Little Grey Girlfriend, making stops in the Midwest and East Coast. We're currently sorting out the scheduling and routing, but if you want us to come to your town, please let me know!
I've also been continuously writing. When my schedule frees up will be doing some recording on my own. I have a couple album ideas in the works and will share some music here as it starts coming together.
Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for all the support in 2010!