KEEP YOUR BOOTS MUDDY (Read time 0:37)
Rally your team, alert your band mates and summon your board members! If you’re in this for the long haul you must keep re-writing, re-recording, re-inventing and improving your art, products and services. Even though many artists & entrepreneurs are doing some “great” work these days, it’s the “extraordinary” work that’s getting the attention and making the big bucks. This should not be new news to you. Your fans, your followers and your customers are now demanding superior products, outrageous service and tear-jerking, sidesplitting, jaw-dropping entertainment. And if you don’t give it to them, they have the entire world in the palm of their hands where they CAN find it. If you expect your tribe to spend their (limited) time spreading the word about you, then go the extra mile, step up your game and give them outrageous & extraordinary work! This is not the time to hold back—it’s the time to get busy, get sweaty, jump in the mud and get filthy, grimy dirt under your fingernails. These are the days of the crazy artist and the fearless entrepreneur. And if what I’m saying is resonating with you then this is YOUR time! No kidding! This is YOUR time! Don’t waste it. Make something extraordinary happen!
|Posted By Rudyard|
| Rudyard's Time |
These ARE the days of the crazy artist and the fearless entrepreneur. Thanks for reminding me that this IS my time!
|Posted By lorenzo|
| necessary |
Dear Michael, I so hate getting this kind of thing in my inbox. It usually ends up in the junk folder. However I have to say that your pieces are very inspiring. For this I'm grateful. Thank you.
|Posted By mark|
Great piece Michael! Even us ink stained wretches, music journalists that is,need to step up our game and be more creative.Then dive into real writing that fans and musicians can relate to,yet keep it different from what most writers would do. If we don't take the time to be contrarians just a bit, we'll never lead the way in our music careers. Just my silly thoughts. Mark
|Posted By Adrian|
| It is the time! |
Indeed! Summer is the time to get out there and give it all you've got, because everyone is out and about and attending events and being busy. I'm doing 3 - 4 gigs a week and working on 2 new records to have out before the holidays, so I know what you mean! And yes, outrageous seems to be working well this summer, cause the more outlandish things I try to do to get over, the more CD's I sell and new fans I get!
|Posted By Rachel|
| Breaking through intellectual stimie.. |
Hi Michael..wow. I just finished a painting yesterday, that I have almost thrown out...love, hating it...but kept on until I had the breakthrough to finish it...now I love it.For me, something happened in my mind...almost like I used some of that brain power that just sits there..anyways thank you! Today, it's pracising for some upcoming gigs..Have a wonderful day:-) Rachel
|Posted By dave|
| spot on... |
Never a truer word (or words) written mate. You need to keep presenting, working and re-creating yourself. We have an opportunity through our intention to create the sort of life we want for ourselves every day. The choice to be happy or sad, the choice or intention to allow a situation to bug you AND the choice to continually create. For me, it's a three pronged, sustained effort: 1) I write, record and release a new original song every week - www.davewalker.com.au, 2) I get loud and dirty with the toughest hard rock band in Melbourne www.reverbnation.com/destroyshesaid and 3) I have a blast and get in touch with my Celtic ancestry with www.shanakee.com.au - why? Because, as you put it Michael - 'Now is my time!'
|Posted By Bjorn|
| muddy boots |
Thank you for a stunning input timed to perfection. Exactly what I needed to hear today. I will act upon it immediately, print it out and paste it on my wall. Thank you for being Michael.
|Posted By Leopold Soares|
| YEEEAH! |
I feel it! I feel it! Fearless and brave in the making of something unforgettable!
|Posted By joe|
| muddy boots |
thanks for the encouragement mike! been painting windows and shutters the whole vacation and practicising sax in between.. 3 hours sax per day and about same with painting.. I'm about ready to break out.. i'm big fish in a small pond here.. looking forward to putting jealous grudging locals in their place :-)
|Posted By Luigi Cappel|
| More sage advice |
I don't think I've ever commented on your blogs before, but I always enjoy them, the way you add your originality and challenge and also your use of brevity and the Read Time. Thanks for sharing:)
|Posted By Jade|
| gettin muddy buddy |
OK! OK! Fearless and unique, here we come. I don't know about extraordinary - it is a huge word to bear - will try for unique. Great kick in the butt as always for some of us. In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different - Coco Chanel
|Posted By Slim Jim|
| Confidence |
After reading this there’s a side of me that want’s to quit, because I can’t see myself producing “extraordinary” work. However, there’s another side of me that really want’s to take on the challenge of creating outragious “jaw-dropping” music. I can do it, I just need to muster up the confidence.
|Posted By Paul|
| Sour Grapes |
I see people in a vintage scene, walking in a large tub of grapes, dancing and crushing the grapes to make wine! It is the season to jump in the grapes and take them to the next level toward processing into fine wine. To “get dirty” in the grape juice! That’s what I as a vintner-entrepreneur have to do at exactly the right time. It’s a musical celebration with purpose, but it doesn’t last forever because after that, there is another process to dive into.