When I last posted, I had just really gotten work underway on the new studio. Now, it’s actually starting to come together and look like a real place of work! Soon it will start to look like a place of creativity too. Lots of work, but it’s satisfying to start and complete this with my own two hands (and those of a friend’s of course!).
Every artist would love to have their own work area, where they can go to escape from the rest of the world and just create. I’m no different and recently moved to a new place that gives me the room I’ve always wanted for a studio. A good friend of mine who is a professional builder is helping me put in a few necessities, like walls insulated specifically for sound and a control room window. It’s a lot of work but really satisfying to see it all coming together!
So I finally got to see the film Whiplash. I’ve had a few friends, family, and fellow musicians mention it to me and I’ve heard so much good press that I knew it would be good and that I’d enjoy it. But what I didn’t know was WHY I’d enjoy it so much.
It’s a pretty straight forward story and its strength lies in HOW it’s told so, in light of that, I won’t spoil anything. Instead I’ll talk about WHY I enjoyed it so.
If you’ve heard about the movie, you’ve no doubt heard about the great acting, the awesome music and soundtrack, and the overall excellence of the film as a whole. What you probably haven’t heard about is the film’s accurate portrayal of the dedication it takes to be a really good musician. While Whiplash does slightly exaggerate a few things about some teachers, students, and circumstances, the film doesn’t exaggerate a thing about the countless hours, bloody hands, sore muscles, mental and emotional turmoil, and physical wear and tear that absolute dedication requires. To say that it’s similar to being a dedicated athlete is about the best comparison I can make.
A common thread among creative people is that they’re usually introverted people. Sometimes they’re odd or unusual, sometimes it’s purely an act or affectation. But more often than not, it’s a by-product of the hours upon hours of concentration and repetition and monk-like devotion to craft. Making music, or whatever the artistic discipline is, is not simply something that a person enjoys or chooses to do. Not just a means of expression. It is an obsession. It is a transformation. From who you were into who you choose to be. And who you have chosen to be is someone who specializes in creating something from nothing. Someone who seemingly pulls ideas out of the air, who writes/draws/paints/sculpts, etc. But what they won’t know, what they will never know for themselves, is the work it takes to get there.
If you know any musicians, ask them what they thought of the film. Ask them if that’s what it’s really like, the absolute, all-consuming dedication, especially when they were kids. If they’re good at what they do, they’ll tell you yes.
After many hours poured in of effort, energy, and heart, my latest album, T-Rex, is now released!
I’m really excited about and proud of this album. So excited and proud, in fact, that I made it so you can listen to the complete track list on my new & improved website for free!
After you check it out, please spread the word. Tell your friends in person, go tell it on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, wherever! Then, buy the album—$4.00 for 5 songs! Independent music is created by independent musicians like me, who need your support and help to get our art noticed.
Thanks for listening!
This past Friday I had an amazing opportunity to visit Soldano Custom Amplification, home of the world famous Super Lead Overdrive guitar amplifier, based out of Seattle, WA!
You can read more about Michael Soldano and his story here: http://www.soldano.com/about/