I hope you're doing alright and getting the support you need right now.
It seems like we're all missing something these days. This month is normally packed with graduations, weddings, festivals, and events. It's encouraging to see so many people finding ways to keep moving and celebrate anyway, but to borrow some words from Dave Grohl, "I’m hungry for a big old plate of sweaty, ear-shredding, live rock and roll, ASAP. The kind that makes your heart race, your body move, and your soul stir with passion."
I'll raise my glass to that. 🥂
It's easy to look at our favorite artists on a massive stage and think, what a surreal, unattainable dream. But they're in the same business as you, my friend. And in the industry we love, the scene we belong to, it all starts with the music.
I've spent years studying and watching songwriters learn and grow their craft — many years as a student, myself. The difference between the ones who just write songs and the ones who truly find their fan base is rooted in one skill:
The ability to communicate ideas effectively through lyrics and arrangement.
When it comes to creativity, there may be "no rules" (as so many students like to argue for the sake of their grade), but there are skills and techniques that have been proven to work, and some might surprise you.
This week, we're continuing the Songwriter Series on the Noise Gate blog with a post about:
How to serve the song
The songwriting secret that’s completely unnatural as a creative person
Why “leaving it up to the listener” may be hurting your music
I hope to hear you soon. I'm ready for some new music and a wild pit.🤘
To your success,
P.S. May is Mental Health Month, and Noise Gate is here to support artists, bands, and creatives, even if it looks a little different right now. If you're struggling, please get in touch or respond to this email. You don't have to do this alone.
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