A FLEETING GLIMPSE (Read time 0:47) We all have “access” to the same tools; the same Mac, the same production software, the same Internet, the same smart phones & Pads, the same cameras, guitars, keyboards and drums. And if we don’t own the tools, we can often beg, borrow, steal or rent them. And ultimately, with enough talent & expertise, a creative artist or entrepreneur will skillfully use those tools to build something worthwhile: a song, a movie, a painting, a book, a script, an app, a start-up. However; before talent or skill, before innovation or invention, even before creativity, there is a “vision.” You see or hear something (within), that you believe is obvious, worthwhile and possible—often it’s only a “fleeting glimpse,” but it’s enough to arouse an eager Muse. Then you proceed to skillfully and masterfully use the tools to manifest that vision in the world. Most have the tools, some have the talent to use them, but few have the vision to create something that matters. Without a “vision” for something new, we're just repeating what's already been done before. Without a “vision” for something original, we’ll use the tools to simply build to code. Without a vision for something unprecedented, I'm afraid were left with the same ‘ol, same ‘ol. Care to comment?
J Michael Dolan

A FLEETING GLIMPSE (Read time 0:47)

We all have “access” to the same tools; the same Mac, the same production software, the same Internet, the same smart phones & Pads, the same cameras, guitars, keyboards and drums. And if we don’t own the tools, we can often beg, borrow, steal or rent them. And ultimately, with enough talent & expertise, a creative artist or entrepreneur will skillfully use those tools to build something worthwhile: a song, a movie, a painting, a book, a script, an app, a start-up.

However; before talent or skill, before innovation or invention, even before creativity, there is a “vision.” You see or hear something (within), that you believe is obvious, worthwhile and possible—often it’s only a “fleeting glimpse,” but it’s enough to arouse an eager Muse. Then you proceed to skillfully and masterfully use the tools to manifest that vision in the world.

Most have the tools, some have the talent to use them, but few have the vision to create something that matters. Without a “vision” for something new, we're just repeating what's already been done before. Without a “vision” for something original, we’ll use the tools to simply build to code. Without a vision for something unprecedented, I'm afraid were left with the same ‘ol, same ‘ol.

Care to comment?


COMMENTS


Posted By B Graves
A Fleeting Glimpse...
So true. People are often surprised at the simplicity of my studio - it barely looks like one! I've traded the racks of gear and mixing boards, multiple computers, and dozens of instruments for space to "be" in to good effect. Business and personal productivity are at an all time high!


Posted By Rich Pulin
"See 10 Sell 1" PT 2
but I have yet to grace our table thus far with any "bacon".What is the answer? I contend that there is no conclusive method or site that even if you are prepared to invest the time, a breakthrough is waiting! There are some good sites, and I'll single out Reverbnation as one that offers a marvelous social aspect to the musicians endeavoring to 'make it' in the business! With 2.5 million musical members spread across the genrescape, one has the ability to interact with musicians of every style and classification. But again, even Reverbnation falls short in offering a lead pipe cinch method of hitting pay dirt! You can make a lot of friends though! Perhaps the day is coming when the 'musicians internet' will arrive!


Posted By Rich Pulin
"See 10 Sell One"
In the 1950's, my late dad, a master salesman, brought me aware of a sales adage which went "See 10 Sell One", which meant that if you contacted 10 prospective buyers, theoretically, one would buy! I will continue with a statement and work backwards: "Internet Music Marketing, Thus Far, Is A Failure" Like my late dad, I am always up for a challenge! I feel that I have a product second to none, and I contact prospective sources, 6 to 12 hours a day, usually forwarding a plethora of material to those who seem interested! But, I'm finding that nothing even close to 'see 10, sell 1' is happening....as a matter of fact, in the last few weeks I've contacted and e-mail about 2000 prospects, some with encouraging results...


Posted By Igor Prochazka
A song or a startup
I love the idea of a startup being just another creative product, just like a song. However the comparison is a bit limited. It's usually not a one man show and it is usually not something you create once and then just let go. In that sense it's more like a band, working over a longer period of time. And a band's success doesn't only depend on the band leader's vision. For example the key to by band's humble success is to motivate the other band members to contribute their ideas and give them the freedom to do so. It's also about marketing and searching for gigs--an on-going daily struggle.


Posted By Rachel
Listening
Thank you Michael, and everyone, for all of your insights, and all of the wonderful people that you are.. as we all with each new day, discouver and fail, but fail we must to find our way. Much love to everybody:-) Rachel


Posted By mark grove
Vision?
I guess my take differs on this one. You can have all the vision in the world, and write draw or create work that's spectacular! But if you don't take action to market and sell what you created, that's all it will ever be. You'll be a real starving artist. Just my 2 cents. Marketing is actually more important if you want to be a thriving artist or business person in the arts.


Posted By Berington
Fleeting Glimpse
Good point as usual, JMD. Watching NY Rockin'Eve music acts, I was stunned at the programmed, repetitious monotony by MOST of 'em, T.Swift, Jason Aldean & a couple others being exceptions. It seems like "vision" has been replaced by rote predictability. Obviously the idea is to get people dancing, but that can be done with more musically "challenging" music, yes? It was mostly so borrring! IMHO.


Posted By Uncle Jim
Await the Vision

Michael, thank you for getting this lively and important discussion going! My experience and belief is that the "Vision" already exists and is our birthright, in fact, we are the Vision. Simply be still long enough, willing to receive, follow the muse and look into the still glass that we no longer stir with expectations, game plans and ego interests. It awaits, bold, and like a flower. It is simply there, waiting to be revealed and born in each of us. Accept it, it is ours to share. Happy new Year. "Uncle" Jim

Response from Michael: I like your line "Simply be still enough..." I think the quieter and more observant we are the better the chances of the "vision" finding us!



Posted By Adrian
Laura is right!

The hardest thing to do is to save the vision somewhere so you can cultivate it later and give it the attention it needs to grow into something great. a notepad, an iphone, a dictaphone, a sticky note, a cocktail napkin...anything to capture it so you can reference it later, that is where all these tools come into play...

Response from Michael: Good point! I use a software called "Evernote." Also "Dropbox," "Notepad," and of course the Apple "Cloud."



Posted By Laura Bruno Lilly
vision

And remember, this vision is fluid. Grasp it, and it will take you places. Allow it to function as a true vision. Otherwise, you're merely capturing it and demanding it to take you where you want to go, limiting it's scope and power.

Response from Michael: You're so right Laura. When the light goes on all that really matters is that we resist the tug to control, and simply follow “IT,” in the direction “IT” wants to go.



Posted By Monica Balmer
Vision Quest
The vision is really the heart of the matter. Without that, we are each robots, with our tools all ready to go, but...where to go? Yes, great blog, I need a vision!


Posted By Beth Marcus
Purity
I know for myself, I need to be a pure vessel to receive a “vision.” I need to forgive myself, I need to forgive others. I need to admit my mistakes and take responsibility. I need to practice kindness and patience. In that way, I purge out the toxic sludge from my spirit and I can once again receive the purity of the creative vision. Happy New Year to all and Happy New Vision!!!


Posted By Ronnie Basha
Nature walk
Where do I get this new vision? When I’m searching for a new vision, I take a walk on the beach, I sit and listen to the rhythm of the waves, the wind blowing thru my hair. I get back to my creative spirit and away from my “to do” list.

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• MY MUSE DOESN'T CARE (read time :39)
• MISUNDERSTOOD (read time 1:19)
• DUMP IT! (read time 1:19)
• IS IT WORTH IT? (read time :49)
• THE 24 HOUR RULE (read time 2:21)
• MONK ON THE MOUNTIAN (read time: a lifetime)
• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• THE STING OF REJECTION (read time 1:13)
• LESSON FROM A ROCK STAR (Read time 0:27)
• THUMB POWER (read time 1:59)
• EXPOSING THE WIZARD (read time (1:13)
• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)