Apr 28, 2017, 02:59 PM
Martin, how are you?
That is pretty normal. We all start out with music, usually from our parents, older siblings, friends, etc. Our real interests get going around 12-14. For guys it is usually a way to meet girls. And that takes OVER our lives. Most kids who do some form of organized lessons, start around this time. And of course now with all the apps, technology computers that allow people to “push a button”, write some form of “song”, put it on a cell phone, get it on YOU TUBE, the age is getting younger and younger.
Like most things, younger people tend to go for whatever is “SHINY” at the moment. I am just finish up an email to a girl I will be working with in two weeks. She is 15, just starting music, but also into acting, modeling, going to school, being popular, etc. She will be coming in with her mother and I will try to help them understand a lot about all this. But she is the epitome of MULTI TASKING. And like most younger people, burnout happens pretty often. I almost always want to tell anyone trying to do this, “Check back with me in three years.” Because of the people that actually try to do something in music, acting, painting, creating whatever, about 90% will get frustrated, bored, or just disinterested within two-three years. A lot of “USED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS”, studio equipment, etc. for sale.
We are in the “ERA OF DISTRACTION” in that everyone has a thousand things going on at all times. I myself, will have television going, talk radio, checking things on the Internet (just like making this post) doing song critiques, booking and advancing gigs, etc. All at the same time.
Got the attention span of a FLEA.
There have been studies done that males tend to study, work or be more productive with things going on in the background, television, music, sometimes just noise.
Females tend to want more quiet and focus.
No WONDER we’re all ADD! LOL!
Now you can’t go anywhere without people constantly on Cell phones, checking Facebook, doing social media, texts, emails, etc .Look next to you on any highway or road and half the people are on some form of device. It is common to see a car next to you with four people in it and ALL of them being on separate phones. Go to a restaurant, and look at the tables around you. Starbucks. You name it. We are CONSTANTLY DISTRACTED.
How this affects music is it gets harder and harder to GET AND KEEP attention from the public on ANYTHING. Better make sure you write songs that cut through all that stuff, because your biggest challenge is to GET THEM TO PUT THE PHONE DOWN.
I even have a designation for many writers and songs:
That is when someone onstage is performing, and nearly the whole audience is on their phones. You see the “GLOW” in their faces throughout the songs. Shows you what you are made of.
At every sporting event or major concert, people are holding their phones in the air VIDEOING the event. Instead of WATCHING it, they are FILMING IT, so they can watch later.
Some artists like Bob Dylan have gotten so fed up they have forbidden phones during their shows and some even designate “special times” people can film or take pictures. And you understand. Ever paid a ton of money to go to a show, play or movie and someone in front of you is holding their cell phone or I Pad in front of your face, blocking your view? Gets irritating.
Taylor Swift even said the “day of the autograph is over” because people now just take selfies. I have seen a ton of people at concerts, drift down to the stage area, turn around from the performer, and take a picture of themselves with the performer in the background. And of course everything is a SELFIE moment. I spend half my time scouring Facebook, Twitter and snapchat, to see what horrible pictures of me people have posted.
At any rate I think all of this has to do with why people don’t bring in song suggestions and why I think we all have our work cut out for us.
But for Sandor, I will mention a song which is the purpose of the thread.
“ALWAYS BE HUMBLE AND KIND” by Tim McGraw and written by Lori McKenna. A good lesson to remember.
But those are just some of the reasons we start and then fade out.