I must start out by saying I am still working on my Grand Vision. In other words, it is a “work in progress”. That said, having just said it, at least in type–now if you’re actually hearing my audible voice right now, this would be a really good time to consult a specialist–the Grand Vision is starting to come together.
By Grand Vision I am attempting to provide an answer to the question, “What are you going to do with the rest of your life?” or perhaps “Who are you going to be when you grow up?”. Both equally valid and probably equivalent questions.
So, as I know it, with the disclaimer that I have a lot of details to work out, here it is. I plan to venture out into three areas, and these are in no particular order, but to be worked on concurrently.
First, I wish to develop as a songwriter. I am very very very blessed and fortunate to have written a song like Draw Me Close and have it turn out to be so successful. I have written many other songs, many of them very good, that have never gone anywhere. This can mean any number of things. It could be they may not have reached the right set of ears, i.e. they have not been “pitched” or marketed correctly. It could be that they will never go anywhere even if I do all the right things. There is no telling which songs are going to be successful or not; I just have to do the best I can with them. It could also be that these songs are not as good as I think they are; they may be underdeveloped and need more work.
Nevertheless, I want to grow in writing more songs, collaborating with other songwriters, learning how to work the business side of things, learn how publish and market, etc. I could devote a whole blog post to songwriting. Actually, probably several.
The next thing I want to develop is my performing and recording career. I am not sure what this will evolve into eventually, but for starters I will focus on producing instrumental music for relaxation, contemplation, meditation, reflection, etc. My first record in this genre, titled “Draw Me Close”, has been very well received. However, I have a lot to learn about how to market it. And, a followup project is long overdue. (I released my last record in 2001.) However, the costs are not trivial, and I still need to solve the marketing issue.
The last thing I am working on is also instrumental music, but it will be specifically for the “Production Music” market. This is music that is used for backgrounds to broadcast radio, TV, video, film, even video games. This requires a completely different marketing and networking strategy, but can pay off when the material gets used.
My adventure at the ASCAP Expo has provided me with a mind-numbing amount of very useful information about how to move forward in these endeavors. So I just need to work out the details and move forward. In all my enthusiasm, I need to keep in mind that the turtle is the one who wins the race, so making a little amount of progress each day will get me there eventually.
Along the way, I plan to document my journey through my blog. Bon voyage!