Remember on Monday when I told you about my goal to write 50 songs in the next 12 weeks?

(Got two finished in two days, by the way.)

Here’s one amusing reply I got:

“The factory of Music???
Is this Art???”

What he’s essentially saying is “You can’t possibly produce anything of quality in large quantities.”

To put it another way:

“You can’t force art.”

It’s a great sentiment, and it would make a fantastic bumper sticker, but it’s simply not true.

Creating art is an acquired skill, and you can only acquire this skill by actually creating art.

News flash for ya:


And it can’t be shared if it ain’t finished.

Seth Godin calls it “shipping” your art, much like you would ship a product.

If I don’t finish an album, I cannot physically ship those CD’s to people. I can’t share it with the world. It doesn’t exist.

So while you’re off waiting for inspiration to strike for that one perfect song, I’ll have 50 songs to choose from in a few months. Will they all be amazing? Heck no. Will they all be garbage? Absolutely not. I fully believe that I will write BETTER songs simply by writing MORE songs.

When the songs are finished, I will record some of them, and then I will mix them, master them, and share them with the world.

That’s how art works.

Shipped beats perfect.

Every time.

By the way, I’ll be sharing more in-depth about this songwriting and goal-setting process with my VIP members in this Friday’s Weekly Video.

If you’re interested in setting and achieving big musical goals, you should become a member here:

Joe Gilder
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