This has been one of the scariest weeks for me, in my musical journey, and here’s why:
It’s easy to miss your progress through the forest when you’re always surrounded by trees.
There are so many different paths ahead, constant obstacles to be overcome, options for different routes; so many choices.
It’s easy to forget that where you are now is not where you were last week, or last year.
If you could suddenly lift off and shoot a few hundred feet up, high enough to see where you started, would you want to?
You’d have a frame of reference, a sense of what you’ve accomplished so far.
You’d also see just how far you’ve still got to go…
Finally I took one of the scariest, fear-inducing, steps of my music career so far, and metaphorically shot myself into the sky by launching my first song for sale.
It was time to get a true frame of reference for my journey through my musical forest.
Last week, sweating somewhat more than the glorious London sunshine could be held solely responsible for, I anxiously put my first product on-sale, then sent an email to those who had previously downloaded my free songs, to let them know.
And I waited.
I’d like to say I was cool and collected but, in truth, I didn’t wait more than a couple of minutes before I was nervously checking my inbox.
I felt like my phone was, literally, my life-support machine, checking in with it every couple of minutes.
I couldn’t stop, I was addicted to the “pull down to refresh” action.
And then, after what seemed an eternity…someone bought my song:
Someone paid me for my art, for my work.
And that was one of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced.
(and one of the biggest reliefs too 😉 )
Edit: literally, as I was writing this post, I received this lovely email from Naomi (thanks Naomi!!), the person whose full name I blued out above. I thought it was so sweet, I wanted to share it with you! (click to enlarge and read)
As my martial art’s coach had suggested, like Indiana Jones I had taken that very scary leap from the lion’s head…and, to my immense relief, landed on firm ground:
The amount wasn’t important (though it was, very generously, more than the minimum set price), but the action was of incalculable value:
Finally, I didn’t feel like a musical fraud.
(well, a little less of a fraud, perhaps; I’m not sure that feeling will ever go away entirely!)
After that initial sale came in, so too did another. And another. Then a handful more.
I was amazed by how generous people were; though there was a minimum price of £1 it was incredible that most chose to pay more.
(on one occasion 10x more – thanks Joel D, YOU are the MAN!!)
From small acorns
Though the number of total sales wasn’t very high, it was a start.
I was reminded (by my mum!) that from small acorns grow mighty oaks.
It is just another step of many, many more to come.
After all, the forest is a very big place, and I’ve got a lot further to go before I get to the other side!
(if you want to support me on my journey, please considering buying a copy of my first release. Simply enter your price below and click the button)
*N.B. there is a minimum of £1 to cover PayPal/Stripe fees and taxes 🙁
In other news…
In a welcome distraction from the “business” end of being a musician above, I’ve also been working on the “creative” side; busily sculpting my August Member’s Club song, “Your Eyes Don’t Lie“.
I’ve already had some lovely feedback on the guitar solo (see below) and my wife thought the song has a U2 vibe about it, from some of their more intimate and delicate songs, so I hope it’s going to be well received.
Over to you
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