Why I Still Believe in Music

I’ve been encouraged with music recently.

Saturday morning, I partook in Record Store Day here in Nashville.  I’ve never been to Record Store Day before, but a friend invited me and I wanted to know what it is.  I have to say, it’s quite refreshing to see hundreds of people get up early on Saturday (and one guy who got there Friday afternoon) to buy vinyl.  VINYL!  That was old technology almost 30 years ago!  Now look at it!

Now vinyl isn’t saving the music industry, but what I saw was people excited about new product.  That’s refreshing.

The other thing that has me encouraged was the viewpoint that was shown to me on the whole Spotify-paying-artists issue.  Many artists are mad at Spotify not paying like radio does.  What I failed to consider before was that a spin on radio can easily reach 10,000 people.  A spin on Spotify reaches 1 person.  Look what Spotify pays per spin and multiply that by 10,000 – it adds up to much more than what one spin on radio would pay.  It could potentially pay a whole lot more than radio!

Finally, I’m excited to be trying new ways to give fans more than just music.  Fans want an experience.  They want to know the artists they follow.  We’re trying new things to make those experiences count, to make them cool, to make the memorable, and to make them profitable.

I’m so excited.  So excited.

Bradley – Professional Artist Pep Talker

That’s what I’ve decided to put on my business card.

Being the husband/guitarist/band leader/manager to a talented artist means being a good encourager.  Unfortunately for me, that doesn’t come naturally.  However, I do think I’m getting better.

I was talking to another artist just getting started in this whole creating art thing, and what was quite interesting is that HE HAS THE EXACT SAME FEARS AND HESITATIONS as every other artist out there.

“My art isn’t good enough.”

“No one likes it.”

“It’s not selling fast enough.”

“I’m not good enough.”

Sometimes artists need reminding they aren’t their art.  Their art is a part of them.  It doesn’t define them.  It’s a glimpse of what life and this world look like through their eyes.

We like comedians because they point out the mundane things in a humorous way.  We like musicians because they point out the mundane things with melody and meter and give it meaning.

Keep making your art.  You need it in order to express yourself.  We all need ways to express ourselves.  I also need to see how you see things.  It’s fun.  It’s entertaining.

It’s art.


P.S. Check out my wife’s art at JessieSmithMusic.com or on iTunes – Jessie Smith