Had a cool digital conversation with one of my VIP members the other day.

He told us he has a notebook full of song ideas, but that he has never finished a song. When he tries to write a song, it doesn’t go well. He doesn’t want to waste these good ideas on a bad song, so he waits.

It’s a common story, and I completely understand it.

That’s when I brought the tough love. Here’s what I wrote:

To be brutally honest, your ideas probably aren’t that good anyway. So take a chance. Write some bad songs. You’ll end up with some good ones anyway. And you can always steal an idea from a bad song to write a better song down the road. Right now you’re the guitar player who can’t play 4 chords but wants to learn every Van Halen solo. Gotta start somewhere.

Now before you write me off as an arrogant jerk-wad, I wasn’t just saying this to be a turd. I speak from experience: Read more »

If I had to estimate, I’d say 20% of my subscribers release music on a regular basis. (I don’t have data to back that up. It’s just a gut feeling.)

There are plenty of reasons why people don’t release music, but there’s one in particular I want to tackle (and also offer a solution).

FEAR seems to be behind a lot of it. It goes by many names. Stalling. Procrastination. Perfectionism. It all boils down to being afraid to put yourself out there, to be vulnerable.

Trust me, I get it. Read more »

Just today I diagnosed myself with a disease.

H.I.T.S. Syndrome.

It’s common, and deadly. And by “deadly” I mean it can kill all productivity.

It stands for Head In The Sand Syndrome, and it’s baaaaaad news.

If you…

  • Turn up the car radio when the engine makes a funny sound, you might have HITS Syndrome.
  • Never ask for feedback on your songs or mixes, you might have HITS Syndrome.
  • Choose to ignore problems rather than deal with them, you might have HITS Syndrome.

The good news is that it is 100% treatable. Read more »