I started recording my next album last week. I wasn’t sure I was ready. Maybe I needed more time? Maybe I was investing too much money too early? Maybe I wouldn’t be able to play my instruments? Maybe my songs suck?
But I put down my deposit and I kept the studio days. Just two of them to start. Two days for two songs.
I’m so glad I kept those days, believed in myself, in my new drummer, in the recording process.
I am excited again. So excited. More excited than I have been for years. Probably since recording my last album.
Creation is exhilarating. I feel so good. I keep listening to the songs on repeat. They’re the best.
These two songs have renewed my faith in art. My art.
My joy to create and play and share is my most precious commodity. That joy gets lost when I spend too much time promoting (an unfortunately necessary process if I want to fund my art) but it’s worth it, for this, for these songs. Yes.
If you also lose your joy when you promote, know you aren’t alone. Art sustains us, advertising drains us. Well… some of us. Others love the inverse.
But those of us who just want to make and make and make and share and share and share — we get lost in the *job* aspects of the independent artist’s life.
Don’t get lost.