Micah's Musings

Today might be the best day in history to move your music career forward

May 18, 2016

In many ways, the best time in history to move your musical career forward is right now. The economy’s plugging along. We're living in (relative) peacetime. The internet makes it easier than ever before to find fans for just about any genre of music, and, once found, to share your music with them and keep them updated on your activities. Crowdsourcing resources like Pledge Music and Kickstarter can provide funding for your project and a vehicle for involving your fans and building excitement. And (and here's the critical factor), you're alive. The odds of you existing are incredibly low. Here's how Bill Bryson calculates the improbability of your existence, in his fabulous A Short History of Nearly Everything where he explains specifically what had to happen (and avoid happening) to make your existence today possible:

Consider the fact that for 3.8 billion years, a period of time older than the Earth's mountains and rivers and oceans, every one of your forebears on both sides has been attractive enough to find a mate, healthy enough to reproduce, and sufficiently blessed by fate and circumstances to live long enough to do so. Not one of your pertinent ancestors was squashed, devoured, drowned, starved, stuck fast, untimely wounded or otherwise deflected from its life's quest of delivering a tiny charge of genetic material to the right partner at the right moment to perpetuate the only possible sequence of hereditary combinations that could result — eventually, astoundingly, and all too briefly — in you.

So, here you are, alive — congratulations! And you want to move your musical career and exploits forward (or so I'm supposing). This, then, is the time to get down to it. Science teaches us that the best way to learn something new is to try it. Actually trying something new, failing at first, and getting the hang of it is really the only way to know that you're grasping the material in question. (Students who cram for an exam by reading and rereading material don't do as well as those who are able to take the exam, see how they did, and then re-take it.) The same is true with musical success. Until you get out there and try to move forward in a practical way — schedule some gigs, put out that first recording — on whatever small and safe scale you want to start out with, you won't every fully understand what it takes to succeed.

It's time to test the waters by swimming in them, in other words. What's holding you back?

Micah Solomon
President & Founder
Oasis Disc Manufacturing

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