Part of my work as a musician requires waiting. Reaching out to people I’d love to work with, reminding them I’m still alive. Working on parts of my administrative system for optimal workflow management. Or simply, reminding the great mystery that I still love composing music and it will make the world a better place
Sometimes, in the thick of these moments of stillness of projects, times when things aren’t exactly working according to plan (ha! Plans!), I’m reminded that it’s okay to be in the creative intuitive space where it’s more important to go back and reorganize things that desperately need reorganization. If you’re a musician and you’re reading this, I wanted to share a couple of ideas that can help make a slow time a bit faster.
Join a performing rights organization and register all of your works.
Copyright an album that needs that official stamp of ownership.
Learn about something new, like synthesis, orchestration, or perhaps how to develop a melody.
Reach out to friends who know you and your work ethic.
Do some cold calling. Though this isn’t for everyone, I can say without any doubt that nothing stirs the pot quite like a blast of cold calls to people you’d love to work with.
As this period of stillness is coming to an end this summer, I wish you all the best and may the projects come rolling in.