At the beginning of this year I read a blog post by Seth Godin that has stuck with me ever since. In it, he writes, “The truth though, is that doing what you've been doing is going to get you what you've been getting.” His advice is that if you don’t like what you’re getting, change the story. So, over the last year I started a podcast, wrote over 100 blog posts, and in October I left my job as a web developer. For the seven years I have lived in Nashville, I’ve split time between making music and making websites. For the first time, I’m giving music my full focus. I’ve never been good at planning ahead, but I’m trying to change the story. I have a full calendar mapped out for 2019, and the good news is I have a lot of new music to share with you. I’m also going to be writing to you more often, andI’d love to hear from you.
Next month, on December 7 I’m releasing a music video for “Cut and File” from my album Blame The Miles Between. It’s not a coincidence that this song is about changing the story I tell myself about myself–
“I spent a while trying to cut and file myself into something you’d wanna see
...but I got wise to all the lies that always made me feel so incomplete.”
This is the first “official” music video we’ve done and I’m so excited to share it with you.
What would make me do such a thing? Is it because this guy recently learned that Isbell is a liberal?
Hilarious. But not at all. I just love the guy. And I'm guessing that either you will love him, too, or you already do. So, I want you to have a chance to seem him at his nearly sold out residency at the freakin' RYMAN this October. If you don't know, The Ryman is a cherished Nashville venue and one of the best places to experience live music. Especially the balcony.
I have two balcony tickets to the concert on Saturday, Oct. 27. I want you to win them. All you have to do is fill out this form.
I haven’t been taking in enough inspiration. I’ve said for years that if I’m not reading I’m not writing. I don’t know how I’ve been able to write 117 blog posts with as little reading as I’ve been doing since I started in April.
I’ll be honest. I’m off balance. I started doing this to gain forward momentum and get in the habit of being productive. I’m afraid I’m just becoming busy.
Seriously. I tried to find a version that didn’t look like something from Minecraft.
I’m sharing it anyway because what’s important is what Elliott Smith says, or tries to say, about songwriting. The bit at 1:19 was pivotal years ago in teaching me the importance of chord changes.
Music videos taught us that the guitar solo or the drum break, moments of technical virtuosity, is the pivotal feature of a song. Even as a kid Elliott Smith had the insight to recognize that none of that matters without a strong foundation.
Also, check out his thoughts at 2:10 about writing by not paying attention.
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