Over the past year, I have released a new song every month. When I first made the decision to share music more regularly I was apprehensive. In fact, I was fearful.
But why was I fearful? There were many different reasons. Will the music be good enough? This was not just judging my vocal performance and writing, but will it be mixed and mastered right so that it gives a professional enough sound? I’m recording these songs at home, shouldn’t I record them in a professional studio? No one else with a trained ear is listening to the songs before I release them, shouldn’t I get them checked first?
I decided to say, so what.
Then the next concern was, will people even care? Will it be too much music? Will people get bored of seeing me release another song? Will I be able to drum up enough attention for each release?
I then decided to say, who cares. Just do it anyway.
For many years when I have reviewed how my year has gone, I have said that I did not release enough music. I think I’m pretty good when it comes to my craft. There are of course areas for improvement, but I feel like I rap at a reasonably high level.
That’s how I feel because of what I hear when I write, but if i don’t share that, why will anyone else feel the same?
There is not one artist that I can think of where I have been in to every one of their songs. But that hasn’t stopped me from being a big fan of that artist. So why hold myself back in fear that people won’t like every song?
Continuously releasing music has been a breath of fresh air for me. When I started doing it I was upset by the numbers. What?!? Only 5 plays?!?! But I put a lot in to this song!!
Now it doesn’t really bother me as much. Yes I would like more people to notice. But I no longer fret over each song reaching a killer amount of views. I am now able to move on to the next one with much more ease.
Will that change if I experience a larger increase in attention? Maybe. But I now have a habit of being persistent. And if I have learned anything in life, it is that persistence is key. No one who achieved anything substantial, stopped every time that they fell down.