Reality Check: Gadgets and Social Media Will Kill Your Craft, Productivity and Creativity

Take Away — You have to be alone for long periods of time to be productive.  Gadgets and social media NEVER want you to be alone.  EVER!

My experience is that productive work demands endless hours of hard, problem-solving work — alone.   Everyday of the week.   See this extended post here.  The more hours I put in the more product I turn out.  The more product I turn out the better my chances of producing something really good.

Time is finite and instantly perishable.  Once gone it’s lost forever.  So productivity always demands trade-offs.  Read More »

Reality Check: Does Good Creative Work Have to Be Private and Solo? Probably

John Lennon was dead wrong.  You don’t need love but endless hours of hard, lonely mainly solo work — to be productive.  Love is mainly a waste of precious production time.  I hate to see anything hurt my own or others’ productivity and not keeping good professional boundaries hurts the craft.

My experience with my day job work and music is that it demands extended periods of solo concentration and problem-solving.  It’s like keeping my skills up on the guitar, and songwriting; it is just many hours each day, by myself, working on dull, mainly repetitive tasks.  Usually 7 days a week.  There is good research that great productive work comes mainly from doing LOTS of work — for decades at a time.  Keep: writing-practicing-playing-producing is my motto.Read More »

When you are picking a hobby, a job, or simply looking for something that interests you, make your decision with the assumption that you will not receive any fame, fortune, or recognition  for your hard work, other than the enjoyment of the hobby itself. 

Do you want to play music, OR do you want to be a famous musician? « The Forward Mind

There is a difference.  You’ve probably known a guy who goes to his local music store, spends hundreds of dollars buying a guitar, amp, cord, pedals, etc. just to put everything up on craigslist three months later.  Now, it could be that the hobby just didn’t interest him, or maybe he found a new hobby.  Or, it could be that the vision he had in his head when he bought that equipment had nothing to do with playing guitar.  He may have envisioned himself on a giant stage, spotlights blinding him while droves of screaming fans try desperately to get his attention.  Maybe he imagined a line of girls waiting outside his tour bus, desperately hoping that he’ll impregnate them and never talk to them again.

The problem with this fantasy of his is that it already assumes he knows how to play the guitar magnificently.  He doesn’t want to learn guitar, he wants to know guitar.  He doesn’t want to embark on a journey towards mastery over a musical instrument.  He wants fame, fortune, and sex.  Read More »

Reality Check: Hard Headed Advice from Songwriting Team’s Website = Don’t

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you use Addictive Drums from XLN Audio?  YES
I want to send you a demo music/lyrics.

Maratone does not operate as a record company, nor a publishing company.  Maratone does not accept demo music/lyrics or artists without a record or publishing deal.  Maratone works only for record companies.

Could you please just listen to my demo and give me comments how to improve my songwriting etc?

No. We do not have an A&R person (because we are not a recording company) who can give comments. Also, due to legal matters, the producers/writers cannot listen to demos at all. Therefore all demos sent to us will be returned to sender or if an address is missing, will be trashed.Read More »

History of a Hit – Radio REALLY Matters NYT

“This year’s biggest hits — “Call Me Maybe,” Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” and Fun.’s “We Are Young” — started in left field and were helped along by YouTube and Twitter before coming to the mainstream media.
The New Rise of a Summer Hit by BEN SISARIO Aug. 21, 2012 NYT

For decades, the song of the summer would emerge each year following a pattern as predictable as the beach tides. Pop radio would get it rolling before school let out, and soon the song — inevitably one with a big, playful beat and an irresistible hook — would blare from car stereos everywhere.Read More »

Yes, New Music IS Louder and Dumber!! Science proves it! (link to acience paper!! YES!)

Scientists prove it’s the same old song – only louder  by Dario Borghino

If you suspect that songs today tend to sound the same, it turns out you’re right. A group of Spanish scientists looked at a huge database of songs and analyzed their trends, publishing their results in the scientific journal Nature. What they found was proof positive that, over the last few decades, songs have progressively gotten louder, decreased their pitch transitions, and generally become more homogeneous.Read More »

Lot’s of Good Biz and Artistic Advice: Hard-Headed Reality Check

GLENN BRANCA (composer)

‘how bad do you want to do this?’  ‘How much do you need this?’  ‘Is this the thing that dominates your life?’  ‘Are you willing to sacrifice absolutely everything in your life?’  And when I say ‘everything,’ I mean absolutely everything for this one thing that you want to do.  And I think that most people don’t.  I think that there’s a lot of people that THINK that they want to do something but they don’t realize just what you have to do in order to be able to do it.Read More »