After you’ve done your best work
Read a great post on Seth Godin’s blog…
“After you’ve done your best work
And it’s still not enough…
After you’ve written the best memo/blog post/novel/screenplay you can possibly imagine writing, after you’ve contributed your pithiest insight or gone on your best blind date… and it still hasn’t worked… You really have no choice but to do it again. To do your best work again, as impossible and unfair as that seems.
It compounds over time. Best work followed by best work followed by more best work is far more useful and generous than merely doing your best work once and insisting we understand you.”
I can relate to this.
Whenever I work on an album I put all of my focus and concentration to make sure its my best one yet.
When its complete I feel great about it.
It’s my baby.
But releasing music these days is a lot different from how it used to be.
You used to focus for months or years on creating a body of work – an album. You would focus on a releasing songs every few months – singles.
But the game has changed.
Attention spans are shorter.
The result is you can work hard on a project for an extended period of time and be frustrated by the results.
As a musician, the worst thing isn’t when someone doesn’t like your music. The worst thing is when people are indifferent.
I think the current state of the music business is that it has created a lot of apathy.
But there is also a bright side…
You don’t have to get caught up with trying to create your best work.
You can just create.
Instead of spending hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on a song (or album) you can release a rough draft to see if it resonates with your audience.
If it connects – great then you may want to take it a step further and polish it.
But if not, no worries you can move on to the next one.
Sometimes when you’ve given your best and you’ve been met with indifference you just have to go back to the drawing board – or in a musicians case the studio – and raise the bar even higher.