Hello to all those reading this. It's me... blogging again :)
In these times it's important to get things off your chest and it also gives YOU something to do when you're at home and bored. I hope you enjoy my stream of consciousness that follows 😁
I'm learning and improving at this blogging thing each time I write and I think I've learnt to stop rambling so much about blogging and just get straight into the good stuff otherwise it gets too long.... so let's do it.
This week I've spent a lot of time on music organisation, trying to get my ducks in a row, so let's talk about that.
So my new song French Rain is coming out in 2 weeks, 12th March and ya know I gotta find ways of promoting that. I find the hardest thing about marketing my own music is that I never want to come across pushy or annoying. It's my biggest fear! Also trying to promote something that I've created myself means telling people why they should listen to it and it is super awkward to up-sell myself & my music, if that makes sense. There's a thin line between arrogance and confidence I guess and at the end of the day I have to sell myself,(no, not like that!) but it does mean that I have to pluck up the courage to say 'hey, look at me, look what I've done' and that really goes again my natural instincts. But I also know, to continue doing what I love I have to find ways around those fears and overcome those barriers.... 'Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway'! another favourite book of mine - I recommend it highly.
It's also hard not to compare myself to other artists. We've all been there, it's a natural feeling to compare yourself to others but I have to remind myself to only ever compare myself to my own successes and achievements. We all set out to achieve completely different things, and what works for some may not work for others. It's more important to learn from other people and let that push you to grow, whilst following your own vision... 'cos you wanna live your own sick ass dream not their's, be the hero of your own story and all that :)
Supporting one another is vital, helping others achieve their dreams whilst simultaneously achieving yours, that's my optimistic vision of our world anyway, all hippie peace & love 💜. But I guess my point is that this outlook is better than filling yourself with resentment and bitterness towards others which can sometimes make you want to quit or give in, that's the main feeling I try to avoid. These feelings are not healthy and although it can get overwhelming sometimes as a DIY musician (and I worry that my years of hard work might not pay off or be recognised), there's always a bigger picture of why I persist like I do. Through all the awkwardness and challenging times I simply could not live my life in any other way and be the happy, positive person that I am. Music is what drives me and makes me carefree and loving. Real cringe, but I wouldn't be me without music 🙃.
Anyway, I love writing music (obviously) it's my 'thing' and I feel proud of the songs I write. I want to share them with others in the hope that people might like them too, relate to them in someway and provide food for thoughts or comfort. But despite doing a Masters in Music Marketing I still struggle to find ways of sharing content in an authentic way, not because I feel inauthentic at all but because it's hard for others to understand me as an artist through pictures/videos posted online, especially people who don't know me. This is one of the main reasons I have started this blog actually, I hope you can all get to know me on a level that I have never expressed to anyone before; even those of you reading this who are my close friends and family, I hope you are able to learn new things about me through this.
So basically, this week I've been trying to put together bits of somewhat interesting content (hopefully) that I've planned to fit around the theme of my upcoming song. French Rain is all about noticing the small things in life and feeling grateful for those things or even feeling grateful for being able to feel grateful. Did I just scramble your brain? Read it again😃. Essentially it's the idea that the simple act of being able to notice things and be aware of things that make us grateful is awesome in itself. Many people struggle to do this and I guess French Rain is a reminder that despite this crazy year, it's important to find ways of lifting each other up and being stronger together. My contribution is through music 🎶
Cool! So I got a bit deep there. Didn't see that coming! I could talk about this for hours but maybe I'll save that for when I decide to write a book or something haha :')
Look forward to oversharing with you next time.... Enjoy your life 💚
Troi 💜 xoxo