Enough Musical Procrastination

  • December 31, 2015

Time for a leap from the lion’s head …

 

Indie Continues 

This is the continuation of my original July 8th 2015 LinkedIn post.  Man, so much has occurred since then.  If you rescan the graphic above, you’ll notice that Indie now holds his oversized “microphone whip”!  I love the symbolism this character and his dilemma lend my post for many reasons but also his name which just now jumps out at me – Indie, as in Indie Musician 😉

 

Plan-scoffing Adventure & RetroRevelation

Originally, I set out to complete a 12 week journey of vocal and digital audio workstation courses.  Twice that time and about 6 months later, I now realize how much more effort was actually needed and have a sliver of a glimpse of how much still remains.  Revelation seems to always happen in reverse for me – after touching red stoves!  My todo list for updating this post has grown quite lengthy after finding that jumping off that cliff, despite being a brave decision (or stupid), only meant that I would be falling through many rabbit holes on the way down.  Yes, we’re now mixing Alice in Wonderland, Matrix, and Indiana Jones references!

 

Herding Fluffy Bunnies

The current plan is to tease out the details of each of these rabbit holes, and ideas for plugging them, in a series of video updates to this post.  I’ll try to do these in as chronological an order as is feasible considering the many intertwining and interdependent holes that abound.

Happy 2016 everybody!

Rene

Plugging the Rabbit Holes

  1. HOLE 1: Perfect Procrastination
  2. HOLE 2: Organization & Pipeline
  3. HOLE 3: Social
  4. HOLE 4: Home Base
  5. HOLE 5: Crash Courses
  6. HOLE 6: Diversions & Distractions!
  7. HOLE 7: Distribution
  8. HOLE 8: Making Money
  9. HOLE 9: Losing Money
  10. HOLE 10: Legally Speaking
  11. HOLE 11: DIY Vocal Booth
  12. HOLE n: ?

 

 

 

HOLE 1: Perfect Procrastination (Table of Rabbit Holes)

 The 1st rabbit hole to conquer was the idea of perfection and it’s fluffy side-kick side-effect, procrastination!

 

Don’t Mess with Imperfection

There is no perfect … moment or perfect anything.  This is something I have to remind myself of every day – it’s not some enlightenment that I’ve achieved and now try to bestow upon you the viewer.  It is something I humbly admit to you in the hopes that, if you relate, then maybe our safety in numbers along with my admission encourages us to pursue whatever dreams we might be waiting on.

 

So “don’t mess with imperfection” – why state it that way when we usually hear it phrased as “don’t mess with perfection“?

 

“Don’t mess with perfection” connotes the possibility of perfection!  And with the possibility of perfection, we obsess over getting there.  And when we obsess over getting there, we procrastinate, we get stressed, we experiment less, we learn less, we really achieve less because perfection is not possible!  And, should we ever find ourselves achieving “perfection” (from our own biased perspectives) then we end up obsessing over protecting that “perfect achievement” which can occupy a lot of our time, stunt our growth as artists, and prevent us from achieving more because we remember how long it took us to be perfect last time so dogonit I’m gonna rest on my laurels now and enjoy some well-deserved procrastination!  Yeah, now we’re back to procrastination.

So instead, I say “don’t mess with imperfection“.  Imperfection is cool!  It humanizes.  It teaches.  It’s relatable and it propels you forward as we laugh at the blooper reels you’ll be amassing – should you release those publicly 🙂  So let imperfections happen.  Embrace them as allies!

 

Overwhelming Carrot

As a kid, my dad used to distill life down to creatively bizarre analogies.  He had several on the topic of procrastination and one went like this:

“Rene, start somewhere small.  Tell me, do you think the hamster sees the huge carrot in front of him, get all overwhelmed (uh, I can’t handle this!), close his eyes, and attempt to swallow the whole thing in one bite? No, he sees only the tip and starts nibbling on that first!”

I had ADHD & many many hamsters growing up so this was an analogy I could easily digest – pun intended 🙂

 

Why Turbulent Tranquility?

This is the song I chose as my first public release under the solo artist name Remnandt.  Was the song perfect enough to use towards creating my “first album”?  Nah, but I recognized that both the song and music video were already in a mostly finished form since the 2009 wedding I created it for so … definitely a possibility for a “first single”.

After killing off my procrastinating thoughts on the first release having to be an entire album and I allowed myself to reuse previously existing material, then I found myself trying to perfect said existing material. 

Sheesh!  “Don’t mess with imperfection” I told myself again!

As artists (which I believe we all are once we choose to excel at anything we are truly passionate about) I think we need to learn when to create and when to walk away from our creations and move on!  This was one of the bigger take aways for me during the process of actually releasing this single.  I kept asking myself “Rene, are you messing with imperfection here, in an attempt to perfect Turbulent Tranquility into that download-worthy single?” and sometimes I’d ask “Are you wisely leveraging this existing material so you can learn the end-to-end processes involved in creating and distributing a single?  Hmm, is that what you’re doing instead of waiting to pen that perfect song first?” I’ll let you be the judge.  A quick hint is there’s probably a mixture of affirmatives to both those questions.

 

Why this Video Series?

The entire process I went through to finally release Turbulent Tranquility was chock-full of imperfections!  But also, chock-full of great people who helped me learn a great many things along the way.

  1. Helpful as a recipe for me to smoothly repeat this very detailed, sometimes very tedious, process!  Documentation is a pain in the rump but not having any later skins your rump even more 🙂
  2. Helpful as resource for anyone that can benefit from my failures and accomplishments.  I’ve received so much from a generous Internet generation and this is my opportunity to give back.
  3. And lastly, to get more views obviously! 🙂

HOLE 2: Organization & Pipeline (Table of Rabbit Holes)

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HOLE 3: Social (Table of Rabbit Holes)

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HOLE 4: Home Base (Table of Rabbit Holes)

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HOLE 5: Crash Courses (Table of Rabbit Holes)

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HOLE 6: Diversions & Distractions! (Table of Rabbit Holes)

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HOLE 7: Distribution (Table of Rabbit Holes)

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HOLE 8: Making Money (Table of Rabbit Holes)

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HOLE 9: Losing Money (Table of Rabbit Holes)

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HOLE 10: Legally Speaking (Table of Rabbit Holes)

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HOLE 11: DIY Vocal Booth (Table of Rabbit Holes)

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HOLE n: Not Here Yet (Table of Rabbit Holes)