I played a simple acoustic show the other night, streaming from my studio. I didn’t create a set list. I just sat down and played my songs, mostly requests from the audience.
I remember playing shows back in college. There was a coffee shop called The Red Rose. Every Monday night we’d have a songwriter night. We would all take turns playing songs. I had such a small number of songs to choose from. I would end up playing the same handful of tunes every week.
Fast forward to last week. During the livestream show I experienced something really cool. As I sat there trying to decide what song to play next, I realized I had WAY more songs to choose from than I could possibly play in an hour. Over the last decade, I’ve released 54 songs. 3 hours and 42 minutes of music. Over half of that music I released in the last 3 years.
It’s an amazing feeling to know that if the head of Ryman Auditorium called me today and said, “Joe, we need you to play a 3-hour acoustic set of original songs tonight,” I would be able to emphatically say, “YES!”
It comes back to that concept of creating a body of work. That project you’re working on right now? It matters. But it’s only one part of your story. Don’t spend too much time on it. Finish it and move on to the next one. Keep building out that body of work. It’s an amazing feeling to turn around and look over all the music you’ve created.
If you’re early in the process, maybe you haven’t released a single piece of music, let this be an encouragement to you! Keep at it. Release that FIRST song, then the next…then the next.
You are the exact person I created Home Studio Corner for. I want you to create that body of work and experience how great it feels.
In fact, if you’re not a VIP member yet, now’s the perfect time to join. You can dive into the challenge we’re doing right now, which is to release ONE song. Just one.
To our collective body of work,
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