Music for the Masses

I always feel a little overwhelmed when confronted with various opinions on subjects that are ‘outside of my own experience and understanding’ (SAE_CIU, 2015). I would consider myself as someone who loves learning about people, their beliefs, thought processes, why they do what they do and what is important to them. To be honest though, after reading through this weeks CIU blog I felt that overwhelmed feeling because of the amount of information it made me consider in relation to what I create. Which is good! But hard. Sometimes I just want to stay in my little bubble and not have to think about the outside world.

(Huynh, 2002)

Here are a few key areas I haven’t spent much time considering when it comes to my creative process:

  • My audience. How do I broaden the sphere of people who listen to my music? Do I put limitations on my song-writing and production because of my fear of the unknown? Or my lack of cultural exposure?
  • My opinions. Do they actually matter? Everyone has opinions, and that is fair enough. But at the end of the day, we will never agree on one opinion! So why should I spend precious time in arguing or pushing what I think is the RIGHT thing. Not that I do that, I’m usually the little chicken that sits in the corner and waits for the awkward opinionated arguments to blow over. Lots of people enjoy that debate vibe though! Again, everyone would have an opinion on when and how people should (or shouldn’t) voice their opinion. How would you know when one is “right”?
“Sharing your opinion” doesn’t translate to “putting someone in a headlock until he or she agrees with you.” Being passionate about your views is admirable, but you should never expect anyone to abandon his or her own thoughts in favor of yours. (Hoffman, 2014)
  • My ideas. Similar or the same as an opinion I suppose. They will change over time and that’s not something to fear. If I write a song that I don’t like or agree with down the line, I have experience something in life that has changed my perspective or broadened my knowledge of things. At least I’ve grown or learned something new about myself/others!
(Wisewebwoman & profile, 2227)

The questions asked in the blog reading were:

How do you widen the reach of your creative projects?

I think there are the obvious answers such as social media, networking with other musicians, gigging/performing, updating websites and artist branding. Be awesome. You know, the things that google tells you to do (Jonathan, Letang, & PINkus, 2013).

After reading the blog, I think it really highlighted the fact that as artists we can be so stubborn and close-minded towards how we present our product and ourselves. I think it would be more fun to experiment with different approaches in widening the reach of our projects. Starting with the question “what is your ultimate goal?” We all assume its money. Is that really the truth? I guess we all believe in different truths so I would love to know your opinion!

Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants. (B. F. BrainyQuote, 2001).
(‘LPT always remember money is not everything’, n.d.)

How do you create for more people outside of your own experience and understanding?

This question is interesting because it assumes that the person wants to reach a bigger audience. I think you need to know why you want to reach more people in order to determine how to create for them. It’s good to think of ways to include people outside of your experience and understanding, but I think it more important to walk within your integrity and not be anxious about the fact that there will always be people who don’t agree with and/or like you. If we reflect on people in history, we are shown that people who influence our world weren’t necessarily people who were liked or appeared as “successful” (Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Jesus, Albert Einstein, etc.) (‘100 most influential people in the world’, 2014). Actually most people thought they were completely insane. But they walked in their integrity and believed in something greater than themselves. Their “HOW?” was a result of their “WHY” — and their influence was an overflow of their passion, which was inline with their integrity.

“Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.” — Albert Einstein (Einstein, 2016)

How do you attract greater diversity in your teams?

Listen. Ask questions. Give a damn about people. Cheesy as it sounds, everyone needs to be loved and cared for… To be wanted and to have purspose. Again, the ‘how’ will come from your ‘why’. If you don’t know why you do what you do — why you are alive — then what’s the point? And how will you ever know your purpose or understand your potential?

(Huynh, 2002)

Reference

100 most influential people in the world •. (2014, May 23). Retrieved March 24, 2016, from biography, http://www.biographyonline.net/people/100-most-influential.html

BrainyQuote, B. F. (2001). Benjamin Franklin quotes at BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/benjaminfr165453.html?src=t_money

Einstein, A. (2016, March 18). A quote by Albert Einstein. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/470750-great-spirits-have-always-encountered-opposition-from-mediocre-minds-the

Hoffman, K. (2014, June 26). 15 important truths about opinions. Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katie-hoffman/15-important-truths-about_b_5532585.html

Huynh, D. (2002). Our little world — Jules Place. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from Our little world, http://julesplace.com/artists/huynh-duy/

Jonathan, Letang, S., & PINkus, M. (2013, November 25). Free membership. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from Music Marketing, http://www.musicindustryhowto.com/6-top-ways-to-promote-your-music-that-actually-work/

LPT always remember money is not everything. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://www.funnystuff.ga/content/103625_LPT%20Always%20remember%20money%20is%20not%20everyth.php

SAE_CIU_OverviewofIndustry, & Institute, S. C. (2015, April 20). Week 5: Inclusive design — self-directed practitioners. Retrieved March 23, 2016, from https://medium.com/self-directed-practitioners/week-12-inclusive-design-9df8f239653b#.a4odg2z5o

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Citations, Quotes & Annotations

100 most influential people in the world •. (2014, May 23). Retrieved March 24, 2016, from biography, http://www.biographyonline.net/people/100-most-influential.html

(‘100 most influential people in the world •’, 2014)

BrainyQuote, B. F. (2001). Benjamin Franklin quotes at BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/benjaminfr165453.html?src=t_money

(B. F. BrainyQuote, 2001)

Einstein, A. (2016, March 18). A quote by Albert Einstein. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/470750-great-spirits-have-always-encountered-opposition-from-mediocre-minds-the

(Einstein, 2016)

Hoffman, K. (2014, June 26). 15 important truths about opinions. Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katie-hoffman/15-important-truths-about_b_5532585.html

(Hoffman, 2014)

Huynh, D. (2002). Our little world — Jules Place. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from Our little world, http://julesplace.com/artists/huynh-duy/

(Huynh, 2002)

Jonathan, Letang, S., & PINkus, M. (2013, November 25). Free membership. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from Music Marketing, http://www.musicindustryhowto.com/6-top-ways-to-promote-your-music-that-actually-work/

(Jonathan, Letang, & PINkus, 2013)

LPT always remember money is not everything. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://www.funnystuff.ga/content/103625_LPT%20Always%20remember%20money%20is%20not%20everyth.php

(‘LPT always remember money is not everything’, n.d.)

SAE_CIU_OverviewofIndustry, & Institute, S. C. (2015, April 20). Week 5: Inclusive design — self-directed practitioners. Retrieved March 23, 2016, from https://medium.com/self-directed-practitioners/week-12-inclusive-design-9df8f239653b#.a4odg2z5o

(SAE_CIU_OverviewofIndustry & Institute, 2015)

Wisewebwoman, & profile, V. my complete. (2227, November 22). The other side of Sixty. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://wisewebwoman.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/experience-and-opinions.html

(Wisewebwoman & profile, 2227)