Some Thoughts On XXIV: What I’ve Learned
Almost three years ago I started a music/blogging project where I would write, record, and blog about 24 songs in the space of one year. Two years after the deadline and twelve songs in, I’m officially throwing in the towel.
By no means am I calling it quits as a songwriter. I feel like putting this project behind me will help me focus on songwriting, and not worrying about recording and blogging everything I write. I think that I will actually write more now. I also feel like it will help me put my best foot forward. Let’s be honest here; not every song I wrote (or will write in the future) is going to be amazing. As an artist, I need to be more discerning with what I release into the wild.
You know, I’m okay with failing, because failing is how you learn and I learned a lot from this experience. I can’t help but think I will be better for it. Here are four things that I learned:
1. I learned a lot about recording and songwriting.
Listening back on a number of the songs, it is amazing how much better the later songs sound. Each recording seemed to get better and better. As a songwriter, I’ve always subscribed to the notion that my next song will always be my best song. So here’s to the best songs that are yet to come!
2. I’m not okay with displaying mediocrity.
When I put something out, I want it to completely align with the vision in my head. Due to my limited recording skills, I don’t feel like I could make that happen on my own. There are a few songs that still make me cringe a bit when I hear them. Honestly, they probably didn’t deserve to be released. And most of all, you don’t deserve any less than my best.
3. I need to work on my follow-though.
Sometimes my ambition gets the best of me. Sometimes my ambition is too big for my time, energy, and resources. With this one, I bit off a little bit more than I could chew. Especially since I didn’t include my family in the planning stage of the project (Sorry, Honey!!) My intention was to push myself, but maybe it was a bit much. However, there is no doubt that I could have put forth more effort. My next big goal is to make more realistic goals
4. I learned that you all are awesome!
Seriously. I’m so thankful for all of your support through this process. I have loved sharing my songs with you and hearing how they have affected you. I’m seriously proud of most of these songs, and I’m so excited for you to hear them on the new album which will be released this fall. Once again, thank you for your support! I would love to hear your feedback on my thoughts here and on the project as a whole. You can leave your comments below!