Coming Out Of The Creativity Closet

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.

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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. You can find more of Eoghan's stuff at his website here. Or keep in touch through his blog. If you found the above article useful, help Eoghan look cool by liking his page on facebook.

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    limegut
    666 is actually a code referring to the roman emperor, which in typology, refers to satan, but anyway, its not all that bad when taken so far out of context
    CPDmusic
    What happened with me is: I had one person I shared my recordings with. One day, he snuck one on his iPod and started playing it for people, without me even knowing. They liked it. I was informed, and got over my worry of people not liking it. Also: what a random place to start arguing over religion.
    a7x4life666
    ethompson wrote: kodyk666 wrote: I record doom metal tracks, put pleasant sounding titles on them. Then I mail them to churches and other organizations. I also leave them lying around the city. I don't get any feedback. But it's a good way to get your music out anonymously. This is rediculous... First of all people should take the devil's number seriously. It is stupid to put something after your name that honors the devil and shows that you are on his side. I would be careful about doing stuff like that. It just not good.
    Dude... You're either a retard or a Christian extremist (actually, calling someone a retarded Christian extremist is redundant). 666 and other demonic references are for publicity and, of course, exploiting the mental disabilities of people like you.
    Smartin4851
    Rebecca Black sucks but the engineer that made that even possible to listen to is a ****ing wizard.
    Thrash.aholic
    182below0 wrote: kodyk666 wrote: I record doom metal tracks, put pleasant sounding titles on them. Then I mail them to churches and other organizations. I also leave them lying around the city. I don't get any feedback. But it's a good way to get your music out anonymously. That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard As for the article, it was good. I've written about 12 songs, but they're all in guitar pro since I don't have recording equipment. Any suggestions for where I could upload guitar pro files for feedback?
    uhhh.....dude? Pretty sure it was a joke, and if not then lol good for him.
    ethompson
    kodyk666 wrote: I record doom metal tracks, put pleasant sounding titles on them. Then I mail them to churches and other organizations. I also leave them lying around the city. I don't get any feedback. But it's a good way to get your music out anonymously.
    This is rediculous... First of all people should take the devil's number seriously. It is stupid to put something after your name that honors the devil and shows that you are on his side. I would be careful about doing stuff like that. It just not good.
    KlausMcShroom
    kodyk666 wrote: I record doom metal tracks, put pleasant sounding titles on them. Then I mail them to churches and other organizations. I also leave them lying around the city. I don't get any feedback. But it's a good way to get your music out anonymously.
    +1 You sir, are a genius
    sorting things
    chris flatley wrote: think that putting stuff out there no matter what is good advice. there's an audience for everyone. although the internet is becoming a dreadful place for genuine people. the sycophants and approval junkies are in the ascendency. so there's truth in the fact that positive comments are meaningless in a world full of suckups who are just trying to be liked. think the ultimate is to put everything out there, and completely ignore the feedback. few can do this though. the approval of others is my final addiction. trying hard to shake it at the mo.
    nice, well put....
    megan9987
    I love this article. Thanks for posting it, and it is true that I need to get my music out. And I love the fake username: y0ua11suckd33ks :p I love your sense of humor :p
    pineaple expres
    myownenemy wrote: Rebecca Black didn't write Friday....
    wel duh. i mean come on theres no way shes THAT talented.
    kodyk666
    ethompson wrote: kodyk666 wrote: I record doom metal tracks, put pleasant sounding titles on them. Then I mail them to churches and other organizations. I also leave them lying around the city. I don't get any feedback. But it's a good way to get your music out anonymously. This is rediculous... First of all people should take the devil's number seriously. It is stupid to put something after your name that honors the devil and shows that you are on his side. I would be careful about doing stuff like that. It just not good.
    I think my post indicates that I do not take the christian religion very seriously. So your reasons are invalid. But thanks to everyone for your support I'm starting to feel more comfortable sharing my music with people and I've even given a couple of my friends the cd's for there input.
    SilverSpurs616
    stoltobot wrote: Also, I thought this article would be about getting in touch with your gay side when writing music.
    Scissor Sisters: The Early Years
    stoltobot
    kodyk666 wrote: I record doom metal tracks, put pleasant sounding titles on them. Then I mail them to churches and other organizations. I also leave them lying around the city. I don't get any feedback. But it's a good way to get your music out anonymously.
    Excellent idea, why didn't I think of that?
    kodyk666
    182below0 wrote: Or better yet, any suggestions for really cheap recording equipment?
    Well sir, I disagree. I find it to be quite fantastic. I bought a cheap one channel behringer podcast studio from a local music shop for 100$ a while back for home recording. Definately not the best but it does the trick.
    182below0
    @kodyk666 I just think it's dumb to send doom metal tracks to churches, they're not exactly your target audience. Thanks for the behringer suggestion, I'll try to find one.
    182below0
    kodyk666 wrote: I record doom metal tracks, put pleasant sounding titles on them. Then I mail them to churches and other organizations. I also leave them lying around the city. I don't get any feedback. But it's a good way to get your music out anonymously.
    That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard As for the article, it was good. I've written about 12 songs, but they're all in guitar pro since I don't have recording equipment. Any suggestions for where I could upload guitar pro files for feedback?
    shadowmaster036
    +1 to you good sir. A guitar column that has nothing to do with picking up a guitar. Are you a wizard?
    kodyk666
    I record doom metal tracks, put pleasant sounding titles on them. Then I mail them to churches and other organizations. I also leave them lying around the city. I don't get any feedback. But it's a good way to get your music out anonymously.
    adstr123
    @182below0 I think they call it "irony", mate.... Good article! Helped me a lot
    182below0
    jetfuel495 wrote: 182below0 wrote: kodyk666 wrote: I record doom metal tracks, put pleasant sounding titles on them. Then I mail them to churches and other organizations. I also leave them lying around the city. I don't get any feedback. But it's a good way to get your music out anonymously. That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard As for the article, it was good. I've written about 12 songs, but they're all in guitar pro since I don't have recording equipment. Any suggestions for where I could upload guitar pro files for feedback? Try the forums here. Original recordings > tabs
    OK thanks, Also, no priest I know would be scared by doom metal, they'd just think it's noisy and not music. They'd probably also assume it's satanic, but they wouldn't be scared so I still think it's pointless.
    kodyk666
    jetfuel495 wrote: 182below0 wrote: kodyk666 wrote: I record doom metal tracks, put pleasant sounding titles on them. Then I mail them to churches and other organizations. I also leave them lying around the city. I don't get any feedback. But it's a good way to get your music out anonymously. That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard As for the article, it was good. I've written about 12 songs, but they're all in guitar pro since I don't have recording equipment. Any suggestions for where I could upload guitar pro files for feedback? Try the forums here. Original recordings > tabs
    I've been thinking about doing that but I'm a bit shy The only other guy who knows I do this is my buddy that I have do vocals. And now the ultimate-guitar community haha.
    540_guitar
    182below0 wrote: kodyk666 wrote: I record doom metal tracks, put pleasant sounding titles on them. Then I mail them to churches and other organizations. I also leave them lying around the city. I don't get any feedback. But it's a good way to get your music out anonymously. That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard As for the article, it was good. I've written about 12 songs, but they're all in guitar pro since I don't have recording equipment. Any suggestions for where I could upload guitar pro files for feedback?
    Thats the BEST thing Ive ever heard if you dont have that big ambitions with your music, but you just want to scare the shit of some priest
    Amuro Jay
    182below0 wrote: kodyk666 wrote: I record doom metal tracks, put pleasant sounding titles on them. Then I mail them to churches and other organizations. I also leave them lying around the city. I don't get any feedback. But it's a good way to get your music out anonymously. That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard As for the article, it was good. I've written about 12 songs, but they're all in guitar pro since I don't have recording equipment. Any suggestions for where I could upload guitar pro files for feedback?
    Try the forums here. Original recordings > tabs
    stoltobot
    Also, I thought this article would be about getting in touch with your gay side when writing music.