There are those of you out there who, like me, are shy about sharing your musical creativity with the world. This article offers reasons why you should share and ways to go about doing it.
I think it's fair to say that all of us are a little bit nervous when we share (or think about sharing) our music with the world. These nerves stem from our fear of ridicule, of being told that what we spent hours and hours crafting is average or lame. For the less confident of us there's a very real no win situation when sharing our work. If no-one likes it, well that's going to make you feel bad, ridiculous for spending so much time on something we thought was great and everyone else think is boring. Even if people do like it, you may convince yourself that they're just being nice. With this kind of mentality not only are we never going to share our music with the world, we're never going to enjoy sharing it. And that sucks, because playing onstage is awesome.
So, how are we going to get our stuff out there? Well, the first thing we're going to do is go anonymous. Sure we're all going to be nervous when we play our hair-metal power ballad for our dad (in full costume and make-up, making intense eye contact throughout of course), but would you be nervous posting it online under a pseudo name? At some forum you never go to, just to gauge reactions? Of course not. If they don't like it, well they're just hicks who don't appreciate your song (and makeup). If they like it, great! You can't lose here. The worst song in history has already been written. The bar is set, rock bottom has been achieved. You could fail for a million years and never achieve as much fail as her. So, even if everyone hates your work, when you sob violently into your pillow, getting guyliner all over it, at least you can say you're better than her.
You'll probably be surprised by how well you react to negative feedback. I know you think you know how you'll react, but it won't be as big a deal as you think it will be. I know everyone says you shouldn't care what other people think, but let's face it, you do, we all do. But you might be surprised by how little you care when the user y0ua11suckd33ks' posts about how awful your stuff is. You'll care, but not very much.
So the final part of this article is saved for the biggest problem with sharing our work. Perfecting it. Focus on completion, not perfection. Post what you have up there.
For example, look at my own articles. I posted my first one up here a couple of weeks ago. I wrote it in a couple of days, but I didn't want to put it up just yet. I wanted to add more stuff, re-work a few things, and basically make it perfect. But instead I just put it up here, with all its flaws. I could still be working on the article, re-doing this or that. But I just put it up. There was a great sense of completion when I did that, of finality. When I put that first article up I could move onto the next one, without looking back. I made a choice of writing many (hopefully) great articles instead of one perfect' one.
So how does this apply to you? Substitute the word article' for song' and re-read the last paragraph. And then go post your song somewhere.
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