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Your Vision Isn’t Enough

February 12, 2013

There are too many people out there who’ll give blind inspiration without rational thought; spouting things like “dream big” and cliches like “shoot for the moon and if you miss you’ll be amongst the stars.”

My issues with blind inspiration is that often the artists are only getting part of idea. An inspirational tidbit may get them motivated for a short period of time but then their attention span wains or they get discouraged with not being immediately successful.

For example, Michael Jordan’s quote “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” is a perfect example of quick inspiration. It does nothing to mention the years of practice and training one needs to get to the point where making those shots count. It doesn’t explain that you should NOT take every shot just because you can. And doesn’t even mention teamwork and sharing the workload or common goal. Yet armies of people will spout this when doing something not particularly wise for their career choice as a “what have I got to lose?” justification.

Respect and dignity in the music business can dissipate quickly when people see your band always applying for things, asking for votes, asking for help, taking blind shots, etc. There’s a line where being eager and ambitious crosses into annoyance. Perhaps the worst side effect of all of this is that many artists will get caught up in these blind hopes instead of focusing on a real plan to achieve their goals. (Yes you read that right, you have to PLAN!)

There is an old lottery phrase stating “you can’t win if you don’t gamble.” I’d revise that to “you can’t lose if you don’t gamble” but also add “as long as you make a well thought out plan with sound and achievable goals and don’t mind putting in countless hours of hard work and being adaptable as opportunities present themselves.” Not exactly what I’d call a motivational quote but I’d like to think if you are reading this blog you are both intelligent and ambitious enough to handle the truth.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2013 8:05 PM

    Reblogged this on JDnGerz...

  2. February 12, 2013 9:10 PM

    I just reposted, I believe ya hit it right on the button. We had to find a new bassist recently and auditioned a bunch of bass players and majority of them flat out didn’t have a real grasp on what they were trying out for. They expected since they play bass, or had gone to school and achieved a music degree from whichever school, they were entitled to just only do what they have done so far. There wasn’t the same drive, passion, or spirit that I remember discovering in myself when I decided to write music and do it for the rest of my life. It was amazing for me to find that something I respected and loved so much (music) was something that I myself could have a hand in creating…and that drive is still in me to this day and I realize I’ll never finish learning/evolving as a musician. That’s the reward. Tech and the internet has given us so much accessibility/options to create whatever we’d like to and share it with the world; It’s an absolute good thing…because the amazing stuff does still stand out and garner an audience. The world, as small as it is, is really a gigantic place when considering how many different worlds of perception there actually are that might want to listen to your music, and more importantly deem it important. That’s what we should strive for no? To create something that matters, take a shot at creating a little inter-subjectivity?

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