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January 9, 2009 / alunatunes

January 09-Daily Molding Life


“I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.” ~Anaïs Nin

I love this quote by Anais Nin. I agree that making resolutions should be a daily task instead of one we only tackle once a year.  As an independent contractor, freelance writer, booking agent and  music publicist, it’s necessary for me to be flexible in the way I work, often recreating ideas and plans. Flexibility fosters creative balance between the acquisition of income and the hours of life energy I spend on a project.  Both must be present for me to accept work and give it my best effort.

Flexibility in daily planning should be something every musician or music business person strives to achieve. We work in an envirmonment of shifting ladders, walls and footsteps.  The places we put our feet yesterday to move forward change quickly or completely disappear. Venues go out of business. Corporate events cannot get sponsorship in the current economic envirmonment. Band members move on. The muse visits and then leaves for months on end. We do indeed function and attempt to move forward in a numinous music world.

Keep as flexible and agile as possible in the current phase of downshifting. Understand your talents can be used in many other places besides nightclubs.  Museums often have music accompanying special installments or events.  Schools and arts councils are always looking for educational entertainment. The coffeeshop down the street may allow you to play for tips at lunchtime.

Apply yourself. Think.  Constantly embrace daily life and work as everchanging.

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  1. Melanie Mulhall / Jan 10 2009 10:10 pm

    Tammy,

    I love it too! In fact, my own next blog post is going to be on this subject (if I can get around to it).

    Flexibility and agility seem to me to be two very good tools for life, in general, and for life at this time, in particular.

    Whether one is a musician, a witer/editor (like me), a computer analyst (I know a few of those), or a practitioner in any other profession, this is a good time to look at the transferability of our skills–which is, I think, a part of what you are talking about. No one is bullet proof when it comes to a challenging economy, but the more can diversify in their work, the more agile they can be. That does not mean scattering our attention, but taking into account how broad and deep our skills and talents can take us and how else we can serve the world with them.

    Great post, Tammy. Thanks.
    Melanie

    • alunatunes / Jan 11 2009 12:48 am

      “taking into account how broad and deep our skills and talents can take us and how else we can serve the world with them.” -holy cow- i got goose bumps when i read this! I started in music as a performer, songwriter, musician. Then i added recording engineer, producer, graphic artist, etc. THEN i moved into publishing. THEN i moved into booking and management and publicity. NOW i am writing “self-help” books about music….
      It is apparent if I had not stayed small and flexible, I would never have been able to progress in my chosen field. I pray to serve the world and the musicians I love so much with my skills.
      Melanie- thanks for reading. I feel honored.

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