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Info nom nom nom? Write a song instead?

How do you balance the need or desire to learn with the need or desire to create?

I’ve been long interested in learning about the machinations of the American music industry, but being in Tokyo, getting my hands on trade publications like Billboard is a bit tricky – and a bit expensive.

So it was with great joy that I belatedly discovered Google Reader. Yes, my 67-year-old mother who vividly remembers WWII has a Kindle and a SmartPhone and I didn’t even know about Google Reader? Shut it.

Unfortunately when I discover something new I’m like a kid on a sugar high and I ended up adding something like 40 music industry blogs to my Reader. Meaning 130+ posts to read a DAY. FML. Fortunately my undergrad literary theory days taught me how to skim, but trying so hard to keep on top of new industry developments makes me wonder if I should just shut the door on the noise (or rather close my browser), unsubscribe, shut off my computer and get back to songwriting.

For those of you creative types who are also info junkies, if you work too much on your craft do you worry you’re missing the passing technology ship? And if you’re too addicted to reading about industry developments, do you feel like you’re not creating enough?

How do you balance the need or desire to learn with the need or desire to create?

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Posted by on December 11, 2010 in Music Business, Songwriting

 

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The Music of Things

Today’s blog post title owes itself to the excellent debut CD by my music buddy John-Flor Sisante (www.myspace.com/johnflor).  You owe it to yourself to get “The Music of Things!”

Today I noticed myself humming a new melody over the sound of the late night subway workers doing track repairs.  Their repeated hammering provided the rhythmic background.

Thought it a bit odd that subway construction would lend itself to a melody.

What’s the most unusual place you’ve found yourself humming?

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2008 in Inspiration, Rhythm, Songwriting

 

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