The First of Doors
A huge thank you to everyone who gave the album a listen. This is certainly the longest I have ever spent on a musical project. I am incredibly proud of the work I have put out and I’m so happy that I get to call it finished. ‘The First of Doors’ to me, is exactly what the title indicates, the first of many opportunities: the first big step in a long journey.
If you’re interested, you can listen to the album here
But more importantly, I hope you get something out of this next part…
“Art is really important—it’s just really super important”. –Tom Delonge
The message of this post is that I think everyone should do what I did.
Well not exactly, but I do think you should go paint if you’re a painter, write if you’re a writer, or draw if you’re a…drawer, and take pictures if you’re a photographer—and then share your work with the world (whatever it is you do).
After putting in time for my personal art project, I believe anybody could actually do it, here’s what I found you will need.
Important “Stuff” You’ll Need
- To Start
- Discipline to keep going
- To Finish
- The first 3 on the list aren’t optional in my opinion, if you want to make an album like mine, you can read the rest of the list
- MacBook Pro (or a laptop of some kind)
- Garageband (or music production software of some kind)
- Some Instruments
- A dedicated microphone
- The Internet
Silly side comments…aside, my point is: you don’t need much to pull a stunt like I did. In fact, whatever art or hobby you’re into, chances are, the stuff you need to create it can be rented or you can buy the necessary gear used for cheap or at a good value.
Real talk: I’m just a guy who enjoys making music, I’m certainly not the best singer/songwriter or producer out there but, I’m showing this to tell you that we live in an AMAZING TIME where you can create to your heart’s desire and share what you create. If I’m trying to convince you of anything, it’s that you should go create something and if you’re up for it, to share it with everyone so they can get inspired and create more.
Start, Keep Going, Finish
I put these at the top of the list because really, it’s in these that you’ll find all that you need. First, you get started, next, you keep going with discipline of consistent work, and then you finish.
Even if no one but you experiences your work, even if you never post that painting on your Instagram or those pictures. Or if you never allow anyone else to read that piece of writing, I promise you that you’ll be a much happier human being now that that little piece of your soul exists in the real world and you yourself can come back to it.
Every time I listen to my songs now, I feel enormous satisfaction knowing that I put my mind to something and achieved it. I worked on the album until I was truly proud of what I made. I promise that if you really care about something, even if you’re not the best at it, spending time on it and letting it exist is one of the most generous gifts you can give to yourself, and you will find, like Luke Skywalker,–you’re full of surprises.
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