As 2017 comes to a close my thoughts now turn towards the coming year ahead and what my resolutions will be for 2018.

For me, this time of year is one of self reflection on the past/present and a renewed sense of purpose, vigour, enthusiasm and optimism for the future.

Here’s just a very quick summary on the year that was and what’s in store for 2018.

2017 was a challenging year personally but a very productive and prolific year musically.

2017 year saw major health issues take centre stage for both Mara and me which certainly got me rethinking some priorities in life but, it also had me writing and recording the most songs ever in a 12 month period thanks primarily to the FAWM and 50/90 Songwriting Challenges.

This health induced rethinking of priorities plus the creative momentum I’ve experienced this year will be serving me in good stead for 2018.

2017 was also a year where I concentrated on reshaping my finances and work my way out of some pretty hefty debt especially with the credit card.

Thankfully I’ve managed to rip up the card, pay off the car and consolidate everything else into something far more manageable than before and once I get my taxes all sorted out I’ll be able to breathe a little easier.

2018 will be the year that I get back into playing gigs again on a regular basis. I’ve been spending some time getting my online profiles all sorted out so it would be easier for bookers to find me online and get an idea of my music and what I can provide for them and their/my audiences.

I’ll also continue to write and record new material plus, the idea of participating in FAWM and 50/90 for 2018 doesn’t scare me as much as it did the same time last year.

I also think it’s about time I recorded another physical CD for release. I know I put out the FAWM and 50/90 releases online however, they are more collections of demos rather than something that I would formally release into the world.

I can see some songs from those online releases being re-recorded and making their way onto my second CD.

These are just some of the things I’ll be saying either goodbye or hello and of course I’ll be going into more detail about things in future blog posts but whatever happens, I’m genuinely excited about the possibilities that 2018 will bring for me on both a personal and professional level.

I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season and that 2018 will be everything you want it to be… And more!

Peace,

Corey 🙂

Yesterday, January 7th, was my birthday and because of this, I thought it would be a good time to end my self-imposed break from live performance and start off today by reaffirming to myself (and to all of you) my primary musical goal.

And that is this…

“To develop, maintain and sustain a career as a full-time songwriter/musician/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 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.”

The old jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none thing gets really boring after a while when you realise that you don’t get anything achieved by adopting this way of doing things. 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 a year 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 🙂

Before I start with this first post for 2017, I just want to say that I hope you all had a wonderful Xmas and New Year.

I would’ve posted sooner but we’ve had no internet and home phone since Xmas Eve and it has only come back on yesterday (thanks, Telstra). That is an indication of how 2016 was for most people judging by the conversations I’ve had and the posts I’ve been reading on social media.

For me, however, 2016 was a year of consolidating on what I already had and from there, rebuilding a solid foundation to move forward with.

After undergoing some financial uncertainty for the last few years, 2016 was a perfect opportunity for me to really knuckle down and relieve myself of that uncertainty.

The main lessons that I’ve learnt from 2016 are…

  • To be patient
  • To keep life simple
  • To not pile too many things onto my plate (both with work and food)
  • To take a step back and breathe

These are the lessons that I want to continue on with into this year and with that in mind, here are some things I’ll be concentrating on for 2017…


Work

My financial situation is a lot better than it was three years ago. This is mainly because I now have a day gig that’s able to relieve the financial pressures left over from the past.

Thankfully, there’s plenty of work around and it’s not going to be slowing down anytime soon. My current employment is as secure as you can get through being a subcontractor.

Sometimes the unpredictable nature of being on-call can throw a spanner in the works every now and then, but if I work on managing my time better this year, the unpredictability will start to work for me rather than against me.

If anything, this will give me lots of practice in being patient, tolerant, malleable and flexible when it comes to reacting to what life throws at me which works in well with the main lesson I have learnt from last year.

As for my online work, expect a lot more blogging activity which will include doing a lot more video but more about that in later posts.

Health

Through practising intermittent fasting (IF), I’ve been disciplined with my relationship with food over the last three months and besides relaxing my IF regimen for December (due to it being the holiday season), my health has improved and the payoff has been very noticeable.

Now that Xmas and New Year’s celebrations are out of the way, I’m back onto my IF schedule and my health will get back on track and beyond for 2017.

(I’ll keep you updated periodically as to my IF but I promise you, I won’t bore you with all of the stats and intricate details)

Music/Recording

After a year off I’m now ready to get back into playing live again, however, over the past 12 months, I’ve been concentrating on developing the recording side of my skill set while at the same time building up a nice home recording setup (SongMachine).

The main goal with SongMachine is to increase my recording skillset so I can create, release and publish my music in-house and online. I know that means that I’ll be doing most things myself but at the end of the day, I will be in control of my own affairs and master of my own destiny beholden to no-one.

I’m getting confident enough to show off my home recordings with the world which will culminate in putting together my own self-produced, self-recorded album for 2017 using SongMachine and what I’ve learnt along the way and I’m really happy with that.

As for live performance, I’m not sure what that is going to look and sound like at this stage but I do have the urge to move forward with that. I am, however, going to start experimenting with streaming live with the goal of putting together some sort of regular streaming performance gig for myself.

I’m still researching this concept and I’ll let you all know what I find but I can tell you now, I’m excited about the possibilities.


I didn’t want this post to become one of those boring New Year’s resolution lists that I know I won’t stick to, but I just wanted to give a brief outline as to what to expect from me and this site for this year.

Did I say I’m feeling a bit excited by all of this…

Peace,

Corey 🙂