How Bands (& Musicians) Can Get New Fans with Every Show

Among the pre-performance jitters, the equipment checklists, and the warm ups of show night, there’s a golden opportunity that wise musicians don’t pass up. The next time you find yourself under the hot lights, glance out at the audience throughout your set. Do you notice the couple of people who give you their undivided attention?…

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Does Talent Exist? Yes, But It’s Not What You Think.

“I have no talent in music,” people say, “I could never pick up the guitar and play. That’s SO beyond me.” But is it? The question of talent – of giftedness – is a loaded one. When we think of talent, we think of a fairy Godmother that waves her magic wand in a puff…

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Stay Creative with Good Ol’ Fashioned, Pointless Play

When I was a kid, I was a play expert. I had the magical ability to make myself believe that I lived in colonial times, or that I had a friendly purple monster that followed me around. My brother and I would build sprawling Lego towns, pretend we were vicious lions, that we lived in…

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How Your Friendships Shape your Art

If you look back on the most successful creatives throughout time, you might notice that these artists didn’t exist in a vacuum. In fact, creatives from Jim Henson to J.R.R. Tolkien to Emily Dickinson had deep, dynamic friendships that shaped their art. When I think back on my most long-term, positive friendships, they’re driven by…

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Dear Artists: You Gotta be Brave

It was a very bad song lyric. Most of the time, my songwriting stems from pure emotion. Anger, anxiety, shame, and confusion are frequent songwriting partners. Sometimes these emotions offer lucidity and power. Other times, they’re just plain stupid. Sometimes, my lyrics come off as preachy. Other times, they come off as immature. And sometimes…

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Identifying Sources of Anxiety

As night falls and the world slows down, anxiety sneaks up on me like a bridge troll. “You’re a bad person!” The bridge troll screams, “You make all your friends sad! People think you’re rude and insensitive and STUPID! Everyone is still thinking about that dumb thing you said six hours ago!”  I’ll be relaxing with my…

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