Trying To Break Into The Music Biz…

BobSongs Studio

BobSongs Studio

By the nature of my writing, I explore and share various facets of my life, in my Blog.

Recently, one of our cats has been unwell, and during the recovery process, we have been keeping closer tabs on his daytime activities, amidst the hubbub of everyday life.

Hiding behind a screen...

Hiding behind a screen…

It seems to me, that, as I am paying more attention to his “business”… he too has been apparently trying to take over mine !

Those of you with keen eyes will notice an interloper hiding behind the bottom computer screen.   (Close up photo on the right)

(And, as much as I would love to have a helper in the BobSongs Studio… he ain’t it !!!)

It made me think of the number of times recently, where… (for a cat) …we discovered him doing something that would be considered cute… but now, in context, has the appearance of getting ready to assume a Rock and Roll lifestyle.

Suddenly, his keen enjoyment of my painful Banjo lessons becomes suspect.

just in case...

just in case…

Hanging out in the Studio becomes more about learning ProTools keyboard shortcuts, and less about spending time with his people.

What ?!?


The very fact that he has “People” to do stuff for him.

He obviously is fully prepared for a life on the road, and yearns for the free-wheeling catnip-partying days he has heard much about, but never explored himself.

Bailey on a suitcase

Bailey on a suitcase

I’m not sure to what degree he will have success, but we will always support him, and encourage him, on his way to the top.

Maybe I should be prepared to sneak into HIS suitcase.  It WOULD be easier for him to claw his way to the top!!!


This is NOT the ladder of success !!!

This is NOT the ladder of success !!!

Performer vs Musician vs Songwriter…

Bob's 1983 Yairi Acoustic GuitarI have never cared for the spotlight.

I’m not one who seeks out opportunities to jump on stage and Perform, whenever I can.  I have a few friends and family that are like that… and I admire them for it.  One guy I know carries  a guitar in the trunk of his car, “… because you never know when a jam is going to break out !”  I am all for supporting spontaneous acts, but I won’t be the one in the centre of it.

My friends and family all say, “You’re just nervous.”  No…  Nerves have nothing to do with it.  I see the thrill that my friends get from performing, and the rush of pleasure that an audience reaction gives them, and while I am delighted for them… I don’t understand it.

I’ve gone up on stage a number of times, after each time being convinced that THIS time would be different !  And each time I come off afterwards, knowing that nothing had changed for me, and hoping that the audience got more out of that, than I did !!!

Those same friends encourage me to play guitar… but again, there are many much more talented folks, and I have no desire to impose my mediocre playing skills on their fun.

The Musicians are easy to spot… In the midst of a song, they will be absolutely LOST in the music… eyes closed… playing as if their lives depended on it, and absolutely loving it.  They could be playing for themselves, or they could be playing Madison Square Gardens… it would be the same for them, in that moment.

I don’t get that either.

The thing I love, is the crafting of a phrase.  The moulding of words and music into a single being.  Like driving a car fast around a corner, and straightening out from the curve at the perfect moment… that is the rush I get from making the words match seamlessly with the music.  The shadings of light and dark, fast and slow, staccato and legato.  Playing with words to express the maximum feeling and emotion, constrained only by the metre of the melody.

That is where I find my rush… my drug of choice is the written word.

We’ve established that I am not destined to rock a stadium full of crazed music fans.  We’ve also confronted the reality that as a musician, I am passable, but pedestrian in skill.

So, we are left with the Songwriting… and daunted by the marketing. 

If I cannot bring my product to the masses, how shall the masses have my product revealed to them ?

The purpose of today’s article is to frame the question.

The journey towards an answer shall be the subject of what I imagine will be an on-going series of posts, which I shall submit to this Blog as I get to noteworthy points along the path, either for their discovery, or for their revelation of a confounding dead end.

Stay tuned !!!

Thought Provoking Quotes From Jimi Hendrix…

I saw this item in a Tweet last night, from Fred Shadian.

If you haven’t checked out Fred’s site, you should do so… Vibrational Oneness

Here is the article, originally posted September 18, 2009…

    Thought-provoking quotes from Jimi Hendrix         

       (Born November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970)

 Every time Jimi Hendrix plays a song, I hear his guitar sing.

Enjoy these wonderful thought-provoking quotes of wisdom.

 • “All I’m gonna do is just go on and do what I feel.”

 • “All I’m writing is just what I feel, that’s all. I just keep it almost naked.  And probably the words are so bland.”

 • “Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.”

 • “Even castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually.”

 • “Excuse me while I kiss the sky.”

 • “I don’t have nothing to regret at all in the past, except that I might’ve unintentionally hurt somebody else or something.”

 • “I try to use my music to move these people to act.”

 • “I was trying to do too many things at the same time, which is my nature.  But I was enjoying it, and I still do enjoy it.”

 • “I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.”

 • “If I’m free, it’s because I’m always running.”

 “Imagination is the key to my lyrics.  The rest is painted with a little science fiction.”

 • “It’s funny how most people love the dead, once you’re dead you’re made for life.”

 • “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”

 • “The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice.  You sacrifice the things you love.  I love my guitar.”

 • “You have to give people something to dream on.”

 • “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”