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The Definition of Insanity

September 4, 2013

albert-einstein-04Albert Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” It may be a little overused, but it’s a cool quote, right? Unfortunately, we as musicians can have trouble with it.

Please understand, we should never give up and we should never quit. If this is what we are meant to do, then this is what we should do. Period. If this is your calling, you will face times where you wanna give up. You don’t need to give up, but you may need to make some minor changes.

I’m not saying you need to change your band name, change genres, and all get haircuts. No, you can continue to be “you,” you might just need to learn to present “you” differently, and tighten the loose screws.

Going places, playing shows, and just hoping it all works out is a little silly. We all think that way at some point, but we cannot stop improving. It doesn’t need to be a radical change, but whatever improvement you can try will still make you better. Whatever it is, ol’ Albert thinks you’re insane if you keep doing this thing called music without trying new things and working to improve. 

What was your first show like? What about the first song you ever wrote? What was it like when you first picked up an instrument? Imagine if you kept trying to do the same things you did on your first try. No, you’ve learned and improved and we can never stop.

Enough blabber, get out there and do something! Need some ideas? Here are a couple of things to try.

  1. Work on crafting a good set list.
  2. Work on your song dynamics.  
  3. Work on serving the song.
  4. Work on your songwriting.
  5. Work on playing to a click.

Whatever it is, back up and get some perspective. Think objectively and assume that not everything you’re doing is golden right now. Start doing new things, and I promise you will find something that will take your band to next level!

Go out there and get cracking!

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