Music planning for daily 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 environment 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 environment. 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 coffee shop down the street may allow you to play for tips at lunchtime.

Apply yourself. Think.  Constantly embrace daily life and work as ever changing.


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