I mean, let’s admit it. Unless you’re from Seattle, the most exciting part of that Super Bowl really was the halftime show. I mean, don’t get me wrong, props to the Seahawks for being awesome and dominant, but I don’t think anyone saw that coming at all.
I feel like the Bruno Mars haters are a bit out of line. There are always people talking about, wow I wish music was the used it to be.
Well, muthafucka, here it is! Bruno Mars is a direct throwback to the good old 40s 50s 60s style of music. Just a pure out powerful voice, James Brown dance moves and inhouse songwriting that makes a complete entertainer !
A while back I wrote an article on why it is a great idea to play as many open mics as you possibly can. And I still believe in that idea. It’s all about experience, experience and more experience. Those minutes spent add up and before long you’ll start seeing a major difference in your entire swagger.
But then it came to me, another great reason to play open mics.
You get to see what the crowd responds to. I’ve noticed which songs get the least crowd response and which one gets the girls dancing. Note to self, write more songs like those.
It’s like it’s own market research.
So play as many of them as you possibly can !
Take baby steps. That’s it. Every artist/master has had to work hard at his craft. There is no other way. And sometimes it’s really easy to be discouraged.
Well how do you motivate yourself to keep going?
Sometimes you just gotta take baby steps.
“You can’t really do anything with one brick. But with a thousand bricks, you can build a mansion.”
Being a musician is a lot like being an athlete. You focus on building a specific set of skills. You go through trials and tribulations. And winning is defined by practicing, recording music and playing shows.
Mental toughness is an essential skill for any athlete and musician. What goes on outside in your life is dependent on what is going on inside. Just as there are different exercises you can do to build your physical fitness, there are tools you can do to build your mental toughness.
There are three skills you need to succeed. Focus, mental imagery and self-talk.
wow this looks amazing!!!! BRAND NEW!!!!!!! I’ve waited so long to see em and I keep missing out, but not this year damnit.
What type of music you listen to plays a VERY BIG role in your mental state. The kind of music choices that really successful people are different from the rest of the world. We’ve all seen those clips where a basketball player is walking towards the locker room arena with the white headphones on.
Here is a great article from Bleacher Report listing a lot of what the top NBA stars are listening to.
Singing in public can be a bit daunting at times. You go through nerves. Self-doubt. FEAR!!!!
Don’t worry, there is always a solution.
You have to prepare yourself in four key areas
Physical – Make sure to get enough sleep and eat right. Those are two cliches for a reason. You give your best performances when you’re well rested and when you’re not hungry. There’s that perfect pocket of awesomeness that lets you know when you’re ready. These exercises will help you get ready.
Skills – Champions keep playing until they get it right. Practice. Practice. PRACTICE. So when the time is right, all you have to do is let yourself go and perform. I always feel like there’s a voice in my head mid performance that tells me Im doing pretty good.
Mental – What’s your setlist? or maybe you enjoy the winging it setlist. Which is perfectly fine. How are you gonna perform your songs? Who are you gonna give shout-outs to? Are you gonna take a breath here or here to give the maximum emotional impact? Develop a meditation and an imagery practice so you can really prepare yourself.
Balance – Do your best to get everything in order before you perform. And if not, know that you did everything you can.
Preparation isn’t just about your performance. It’s about taking care of all of your responsibilities so you can focus on doing what you need to do, whether it’s for a show or practice.
The more prepared you are in these areas, the more confident you’ll be.
When it comes to songwriting and singing, focusing is VERY important skill. You need to be able to put all your mental energy into one thing. Now there’s a million tasks always waiting for us. BUT that is no excuse. You have to be able to focus your mind. And here’s how.
To be honest, this is the first full episode the Voice I’ve watched. I thought Warren’s performance was stronger than Michael’s. And this is the first time where I was able to withstand listening to country for prolonged periods of time. Gotta admit, Blake’s a pretty cool guy. But yea Warren just looked a lot more confident up there even though Michael sounded a bit more country.
“What’s funny? Why are you smiling? This is funny to you?”
Something about this video is just awesome!