While the pandemic is still under way, this means you actually have time to dive into your creative side. So many times I hear musicians say, “All I want to do is create!” Well, that time you wanted? IT IS HERE!
You all know I am all about making business plans to attract an audience BUT you have to get the music created and recorded before you jump into all the business stuff it takes to introduce your music to the world. You may be faced with doing a job not related to music, helping your kids through online classes or maybe you are consumed with so much time you don’t feel like doing anything. Whatever your daily dilemma….Here is my advice: “Pull up a your google calendar and fill in all your busy spots. Then look to see if you can recognize a few blocks of times you can dedicate to music and make some appointments with yourself to get creative to write, rehearse & record those songs. Give yourself a week to follow some of our steps below to get you started creating again!”
- Maybe you need a collaborator to kick you in the butt to get you started. Make a list of musicians you want to co-write with and contact with them on social media and set up a zoom session.
- Pull out those unfinished songs or jot down some important ideas and lines that are running through your head and you may feel a music spark again.
- Many of you already have music recorded from the past that you never really promoted to the pubic. Resurrect those gems that that have been hiding in your treasure chest.
- Do you like to cover popular-radio ready songs? That’s OK too. Explore how the song was made or see if the songwriter explains where the idea came from. Storytelling before a performance engages your listener.
Take time to rehearse your songs.
- If you are the sole songwriter, you may have to play that song over and over until you get it just right. Schedule some time to work on the melody, the chorus and putting the entire song together. I suggest you taking 3 of your songs and rehearse them each a number of times in an hour then take a break. By taking a break, you bring a fresh set of ears to your creations.
- What instrument do you play? I know you can find an hour every other day to practice your instrument! That includes you vocalist! Doing vocal warm-up exercises and singing around the house all count as rehearsing your talent. Need more of a push? Find an online music course or vocal coach to perfect your craft. Even the best musicians in the world take instrument and vocal lessons to keep themselves sharp so they can keep their performances well oiled.
Don’t you need a recording studio to mold your song into a tangible form? Not always.
- Getting Techie. There are so many recording devices you can connect to your computer to help you record your songs. If you don’t have any idea what you need, Mr. Google and Ms. YouTube are available 24-7 to find out how to set up a home based studio OR call a music friend and see how they are recording. When I started my faeebook live events, I sat with a musician who was doing it for years and she suggested a few pretty cheap video, audio and lighting sources to me. If I can set something like that up in a few hours time…I know you musical people can do it!
- Recording assistance. If you have some cash to record, call around to local studios and see if they have a COVID-19 special rate to record OR look online at fiverr or upwork and see if you can connect with an engineer/producer that can beef up your recordings. Virtual assistants are all the rage.
- Live recordings. If you are still afraid that doing your own recording is just not good enough, you may want to record yourself live. You may need to test out the levels and quality, but when you record something live and mark it as “A LIVE RECORDING” people are not expecting all the bells and whistles most recordings have today. And yes, some people, like myself, prefer buying live recordings because the songs feel more genuine and special.
You may never have this much time to create again. Sometimes people create better after a hike, taking a walk around the park, doing a yoga routine or even taking a nap! You know yourself! SO…. Are you ready to make a consistent ‘at home’ schedule and inform your household when you schedule your music appointments? Treat your music time like you paid for a gym trainer…don’t give that time away…it will make you a better musician and rejuvenate your spirit!
Let me know if you have other ideas that are pushing you through these COVID-19 times!