Here’s something I found today that will interest songwriters in Australia. It’s an article from The Music Network site titled APRA AMCOS Unveils Plan To Keep Member Royalties Flowing

The article states that…

APRA AMCOS will bring forward its November live performance royalty payout to May.

The announcement, made Friday (March 27), comes as thousands of its songwriter, composer and publisher members grapple with how to survive during the corona-crisis.

Last November APRA AMCOS paid live performance royalties to 18,425 members. This May, members will receive a full year’s worth, using data from last year’s reports.

As a member of APRA AMCOS myself (since 1999) I think that this initiative is something that the music industry needs right now in these uncertain times.

This article also demonstrates the ongoing commitment by APRA AMCOS in continuing to lobby the Australian Government for more local content to be showcased on radio, TV and other media.

The more that we, as a society support the arts and music industries right now, the better shape those industries will be in to support our society as we recover in a post COVID-19 landscape where we will need art and music more than ever.

I for one will look forward to the advance royalty payments

Peace,

Corey 🙂


Original Source: APRA AMCOS Unveils Plan To Keep Member Royalties Flowing

As of last Thursday (March 26th, 2020) my day gig at Adelaide Air Monitoring has all but dried up and I have now added my name to the list of people who have made an “intention to claim” through the MyGov website.

As I wait for the phone call from Centrelink I realised that instead of feeling bad that my day gig has all but gone I can look at my situation in a more positive way…

Right now, at this very moment, I have been given the gift of time so now it is my responsibility to use this gift wisely and start doing the things that I have been talking, planning scheming, dreaming and making lists about for the longest time.

I’m reminded by an article that I found on the Time To Write blog called Is This The Time To (Finally) Be You? in which the author Jurgen Wolff unveils two parts to an equation.

First of all, the “secret” of finding the very thing that you need to be doing that defines who you are and secondly, how to do the things you need to do that defines you.

He explains the second part of the equation in this way…

You’ve found it. Now what?

Is there a secret? Something they don’t want you to know but that I will reveal to you if you send me lots of money?

No, nobody’s trying to keep it from you and there’s no charge. It’s simple. Not always easy, but simple:

  1. Start
  2. Continue
  3. Fail (because we can imagine perfection but not attain it)
  4. Learn from the failure
  5. Continue
  6. Repeat 3 through 5

Number one is the hardest but the other steps have their drawbacks, too.

So why do it? Because it means something to you.

Yes, being a songwriter, musician, producer and blogger means something to me and no, there is no real secret, just action and for me this means navigating through a minefield of fear and doubt.

This fear and doubt has been something that I have carried with me for many, many, many years and it has been very successful in stopping me doing what I want to be doing with my life.

Not any more.

I have been conveniently been using my day gig as an excuse to not be living the life that I want to be living but at the end of the day I’ve just been very scared of being venerable and putting myself out there to be judged, compared and rated in the minds of the general public.

Now, there is no more “I’ll get around to it when I have the time.” I have all the time that I need and all I’ve got to do is to follow the steps outlined in the article Is This The Time To (Finally) Be You? and I’ll be halfway there.

Wish me luck and watch this space…

Peace,

Corey 🙂


Original Source: Is This The Time To (Finally) Be You? – Time To Write

I, like many, many songwriters have a problem…

It’s called “perfectionism” and along with an over-zealous inner voice, this problem has plagued me my whole songwriting/music career.

I have tried many times to snap out of it and to some extent have been temporarily successful numerous times over the years but at the end of the day my default songwriting position is of being paralysed by too much choice.

My main curse is that I don’t finish things. I’ve never really finished things… Songs, tasks, projects, activities. I rarely finish things to the standard that I’d like to finish them at but then again, maybe that’s the problem.

I set impossible standards for myself.

Anyways, I stumbled across an article all about this very problem of perfectionism in songwriting and the author of this article was going through the very same issues as I am, right now.

Reading David Silverstein’s article Why It’s So Important To Finish Your Music And Share It With The World resonated with me on so many levels. In regards to his situation of not finishing his music he writes…

I realized that finalizing and sharing my music was the part that scared me the most. I was afraid. I was afraid of marking something complete because then I would have to answer to my own work. I could and would be held accountable for the result, which my perfectionism was never going to be happy with. If I was going to wait until I was 100% happy with something, I was going to be waiting a very long time.

BINGO! Therein lies my issue… Fear of being accountable for my work, fear of being criticised, receiving negative feedback or having to answer to trolls online.

He goes on by offering some suggestions as to how to get past this fear and for me the first things that I need to do is to stop setting outlandishly unreachable goals for myself. I wasn’t able to finish the FAWM Songwriting Challenge (14 songs in 29 days) this year because of this very fact.

Maybe what I need to do is to stop looking at my songwriting process as a series of sudden bursts of productivity and try to create a songwriting process that is more streamlined, organised, consistent and sustainable.

More than ever, good music needs to be written and shared with the world so why should fear and doubt in my own abilities get in the way of me sharing my music with the world?

David Silverstein finishes off his article with a simple quote from Leonardo da Vinci

Art is never finished, only abandoned

I’ll be using this COVID-19 downtime I find myself in to finally conquer my songwriting fears and doubts. I’ll be finishing a lot of songs.

Peace,

Corey 🙂


Original Source: Why it’s so important to finish your music and share it with the world

I think it would be an understatement for me to say that we are all living in interesting times at the moment especially if you work in the entertainment, arts and music industries.

I have musician friends whose livelihoods (for the next 6 months at least) have just evaporated in a blink of an eye. On a personal note, any attempts for me to get back into live gigs have been put on hold.

Thankfully, my day gig is still going so financially I’m doing okay.

I think what I need to be doing right now is bunker down and keep myself and my family safe for the time being and I imagine that is what all of you want to be doing as well.

On my birthday (January 7th) I wrote a post titled Today, I Reaffirm My Musical Goals (A Birthday Gift To Me) where I restated my primary musical goal to you all.

The goal was “…to develop, maintain and sustain a career as a songwriter, musician, producer and blogger utilising the internet as my primary tool of promotion, networking and marketing.”

Well, in these interesting times we live in, being a musician that sustains a living primarily from the online world doesn’t seem like such a far-fetched goal to realise now.

I mean, as time goes on, there are going to be lots of people that will end up either in self isolation or forced quarantine at home with not much to do.

What do these people need (besides Netflix) to keep them entertained and to stop them from going stir crazy from cabin fever? They need music, they need to experience an online musician or two.

They need people like ME and YOU.

As my way of developing, maintaining and sustaining my own online music career, I’ll be using this COVID-19 driven downtime wisely, researching ways to work from the comfort (and relative safety) of my own home as a songwriter, musician, producer and blogger.

And I’ll be using this blog as a means to document my journey.

I’ll also be using this downtime to concentrate more on my health as I want to be able to give myself the best possible chance I can to get through to the other side of this situation both physically and mentally.

For me and my family.

All I can say right now is keep calm and stay safe, keep your distance, wash your hands and keep on creating.

We need good music, good art, good books, good laughs more than ever before so don’t let all of the panic and hysteria get you down.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

I’ve decided that this year I’ll be participating in the 2020 FAWM (February Album Writing Month) Song Challenge hoping to do much better than what I had done last year.

Personally, participating and completing the FAWM Song Challenge has been one to the most rewarding creative experiences I’ve ever experienced.

It has allowed me to shake off the shackles of fear and doubt and just get some songwriting shit done.

It’s kick-started the momentum I needed to get my songwriting mojo back on track and it’s (most importantly) made my self confidence and belief as a performing songwriter/artist go through the roof.

I believe that every songwriter should try this challenge out at least once in their lives and experience first-hand the overwhelmingly supporting community of songwriters, musicians and lyricists that reside within the challenge.

At the end of the day, it’s a great way to connect and possibly network and collaborate with other like minded individuals and each participant has a slightly different interpretation of what FAWM means to them.

For me, it’s a chance to really give SongMachine (my home recording studio) a thorough thrashing and along the way, learn more about the recording process and how to get the best sound possible with the recording gear I have at my disposal.

It also gives me the opportunity to go through my archives and finish off all of the random song titles, half finished verses, choruses and voice memos that I have scattered on pieces of paper, my hard drive or, on my phone.

I also take pride on using the challenge to write songs from a starting position of having nothing prepared. Those are the songs in which their existence always amazes me.

If you have any questions regarding FAWM that you want to ask, then feel free to contact me otherwise, just go to the FAWM website and sign up. It’s free to join but there’s only a few more days to go before it kicks off for another year.

I’ll also be blogging about my FAWM experiences as well so watch this space.

Hope to see you in the challenge. Good luck…

Peace,

Corey 🙂

I’ve got to say, RUSH is one of my favourite bands, definitely up there with The Police as one of my favourite power trios of all time.

To me RUSH was the epitome of the sum being greater than the parts. Each member bought their uniqueness to the mix…

There was Geddy Lee‘s amazing voice and virtuosic bass playing which was one of the reasons why I persevered with singing and playing bass at the same time in my early years.

Added to that was Alex Lifeson‘s insanely riffy licks and his well thought out and textured guitar solos.

It was however, Neil Peart‘s intricate, metronomic but groovy as fuck drumming that (as a bass player) really caught my attention. In addition to his amazing drumming prowess he was also THE BAND’S LYRICIST

Now THAT is amazing.

Here is a great video from Rick Beato, one of my favourite YouTubers waxing lyrical about the man, the drummer and the legend, Neil Peart.

Vale Mr Peart, you will be greatly missed.

Peace,

Corey 🙁

Today is January 7th which is my birthday.

This means that today I celebrate my 49th year on this planet and because of this, I thought it would be a good time to reaffirm to myself (and the rest of the world) my primary musical goal.

And that goal is this…

“To develop, maintain and sustain a career as a songwriter, musician, producer and blogger utilising the internet as my primary tool of promotion, networking and marketing.”

Now, this goal doesn’t mean that the more traditional face to face music business related activities will get neglected along the way. No way!

I actually love the cut and thrust of getting out there and networking, securing my own gigs and using the power of word of mouth advertising to create a community around me, my music and any other projects that I’m involved with but I know that I’ll be starting again almost from scratch so the question I ask myself is “how am I going to achieve this goal?”

Well, I’ll be well on my way to achieving by doing these three things:

1. Simplifying my life

I know that I have the tendency to over-complicate and over-think aspects of my life and work which paralyses me through having too much choice.

I’ve started on the road to simplicity a few months ago by deciding that this site is the main focus for all of my musical endeavours and pulling all of my content into it. I will be having a closer look at ways in which I can streamline my online presence in the near future and (of course) it’s my intention to blog about it.

2. Focusing on my activity

As well as over-complicating and over-thinking aspects of my life I also fall into the habit of doing far too many things at once under the guise of needing to “diversify my income.”

Now, income diversification is not necessarily a bad thing in the modern music industry. I know that I need to wear a few hats to ensure that I maintain and sustain a music career however, doing the old jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none thing too much will get really boring when I realise that all I’ve been doing is running around in circles not achieving anything.

I know I can do a lot of things but I need to be mindful of what I’m really doing every time I decide to take on another job here, another role there.

Which leads on nicely to the last point…

3. Internalising my efforts

I know, I admit it, I’m a people pleaser and in the past, I’ve done anything for anyone because I wanted to be seen as the “nice guy” and would do whatever I could to protect that stance, even at the cost to myself. Well, as of today there will be no more of that.

Helping others is fine as long as it doesn’t get in the way of my own stuff.

One of the things that taking some time off from gigging has enabled me to do is give me a fresh perspective on what I will say yes and (more importantly) no to if asked.

I am first and foremost, my own client in my music business and even though I’m open to any opportunity that comes my way, if I have time spare to work with anyone else in the same capacity I’ll do so but, if I don’t, I won’t.

It doesn’t get any simpler than that and I hope you’ll understand that if you happen to be the one doing the asking.

This year is about creating and maintaining some balance in life. I’ve had my break and now it’s time for me to get back into it but this time I’ll be working smarter (not necessarily harder) towards achieving my primary musical goal.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

I have a confession to make… I am a tragic hoarder of information.

I love collecting information, researching or any activity that can be used as an excuse to not move forward with something. I don’t know where this affliction comes from but this is something that I do every single day.

My Evernote account has now over 37000 bookmarks on topics such songwriting and other music related stuff through to web design and online marketing, all of which have been set aside so I can read it later.

Now, THAT is a lot of reading…

The ironic thing is that as soon as I am in a position where I need to take some action on something my brain immediately tells me that I can’t make the next step because I don’t have enough information to move ahead.

It is then that I get paralysed, unable to move forward with what I want to do and mistake that as a sign that I need to start collecting even more information.

On one hand I don’t want to move on with things because I don’t have enough information at my disposal and when I feel I’m finally ready I’m paralysed by too much choice…

Too much information…

Too much information, running through my brain…

Talk about setting myself up for failure. The next question I need to ask myself is “how do I get around this strategy and move myself forward?”

I suppose I have to answer the first question which is “is there any real benefits using my present researching strategy?” and the answer is YES.

I do come across a lot of really good information that I can use but I just need to learn to research and take action at the same time. Researching and action can be two concepts that can move parallel with each other.

So, I admit it, I am an information hoarder. I collect information under the notion that the more info I collect, the more knowledgeable I will become…

WRONG.

I collect information because I’m scared of making the next move. Collecting information is my preferred method of PROCRASTINATION.

No amount of information collection will make me a better songwriter, musician, producer or blogger because information alone is useless unless action follows it.

This is one of my goals for 2020, to use all of this information to my advantage.

To actually learn something from all of the information I’ve collected and to take action on it without fear.

Can you relate to this? Is information hoarding something that you do to delay the inevitable? If so, let me know and perhaps we can help each other break the cycle of information hoarding (or, at the very least trade some info).

Peace,

Corey 🙂

I’m one of those people who go a little bit overboard when it comes to setting goals, intentions and resolutions, especially around this time of year.

I get all excited around this time because a new year means a brand new clean slate to start from but because of this, I get caught up in it all and set goals, intentions and resolutions that are way, way too ambitious.

It’s like I’m setting myself up for failure.

I came across an article illustrating the concept of “Microsteps” as it relates to goal setting and this caught my attention. The article titled New Year’s Resolutions: Why Microsteps Have More Impact Than Grand Plans sets itself up for the reader by saying…

We like to set ambitious goals every January, imagining how much more amazing we are going to be about everything in the coming year — healthier, happier, more successful…January comes and goes and, lo and behold, we are much the same as when the year started.

While lofty goals sound impressive, they don’t always work. The gyms are packed in January and empty in February. Sound familiar? Perhaps this is a good year to try a new approach!

Now, I’ve been there many, many times. All good intentions in January, resolutions down the toilet in February. I didn’t want that to happen this year so I read the article and it blew my mind.

How can something as simple as breaking down lofty, ambitious goals into smaller “microsteps” escape me I don’t know, but that was my epiphany for 2020.

The essence of the article reminded of an old saying…

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

Now that I’ve read and absorbed New Year’s Resolutions: Why Microsteps Have More Impact Than Grand Plans I’m now looking at the goals, intentions and resolutions I’ve made for 2020 and seeing if there’s anyway to break them down into smaller, more manageable chunks.

I know I have a lot of things that I want to achieve this year and with this micro-stepping technique under my belt, I have much more of a chance of “getting shit done…”

That’s my mantra for 2020.

Peace,

Corey 🙂


Check out the original link: New Year’s Resolutions: Why Microsteps Have More Impact Than Grand Plans