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I have been a musician for over 20 years and I count myself blessed to have had the chance to be mentored by some of the best musicians in the world. One of the most important things they taught me then and it still applies every time I pick up the sticks or sit down in a studio to produce is to "Keep It Simple Stupid". I come in contact with so many musicians that feel like the more notes you play the better you are, but this couldn't be further from the truth. The sign of a truly great artist ,in whatever discipline, is knowing how to use space and understanding less is more. Most immature artists' feel the need to make the music or art conform to their limited; self-centered point of view instead of realizing that as musicians we must serve the music before it can serve us. Let me explain.When you are on a gig or session, whatever you play must first of all serve the music, song or composition not your ego. There is always a process and the first step in that process is ascertaining what is being featured? What is the most important thing in the arrangement i.e. lead instrument or vocalist? What is the subject matter? What is the tone of that subject matter? Only after asking these questions and many others can you truly know what to play or more importantly what not to play. When you approach every performance from this point of view, it creates a great karmic environment. Most people refer to it as the zone, the pocket or the sweet spot. Whatever you call it, once you get it you always want to find it again and again and the only way to get there is by understanding that music is a shared process. In order for musicians to truly play together as a unit, you must understand that everyone has a certain role to play at a certain time and all you have to do is play your position.That means if your position only calls for the simplest input then that is your role and you must adhere to it. Only then does the whole unit benefit and only then can true art be created because you are not serving your ego but the music. This is really a simple concept because even in life everything is simple we just choose to make it complicated by playing too many notes, saying too many words or over thinking instead of choosing just the right notes, listening before we speak and just trusting in the peace that we know to be the Creator. So just remember it is all a process so just Keep It Simple Stupid!
Enjoy The Journey
I would like to say hello to all creative, self-motivated, artistically inclined and visionary people. Have you ever noticed how hard it is to focus on just one thing? It's almost as if being creative is both a blessing and a curse.
Welcome 2 TheTruth
Hello and welcome 2 The Truth. We will be discussing a lot of information associated with the "New" music business. Our first topic is developing your craft. Now we all know that there is a difference between a "HIT" song and a "GOOD" song. Every now and then you will find a song that fits both but most of the time the former is created by promotion and over the top marketing. But I digress. To truly have a "CAREER" in the music industry, you must have a strong fundamental base. If you are a producer, a basic knowledge and respect of musical form and history is a must. I advise everyone to play an instrument of some sort and basic knowledge of the piano is a must. Now this is strictly from a creative point of view. One of the main reasons for a decline in musical quality in the industry is that you have a lot of non-musicians making records and running the industry. We have seen a steady decline in sales because of this very fact. With Itunes and other download sources, consumers are able to just buy the song they like instead of blowing cash on a full CD with just one great song and the rest fillers. So instead of artists' deciding to step up the quality, most have just decided to focus on making "HIT" singles instead of making a great project as a whole. Everything comes to an end and music, like all things in life, goes in circles. We will soon see the industry return to demanding a higher level of quality and consistency. So I encourage all of you to develop your craft and take it to the stage. Live performance experience in an invaluable way to learn what works and what doesn't. It is truly instant. You will know what moves an audience right away and you can then take that info to the studio and cut. Live performance will also help to preserve the music that came before us. So this is step one. In future blogs we will talk more about the music as a business but I wanted to start in order. The most important thing should be creating a quality product with competent and qualified talent. So go read & practice your craft. This is THE TRUTH.