Well. It’s been a couple of weeks since I received word that one of my songs has been nominated for an IMA in the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards. I’m still reeling from this. Shocked and Grateful, very grateful. But not surprised, really. I’ve always had a quiet belief that my musical talent was a special gift, and would eventually be recognized. I didn’t know how or when, but I knew. I just knew.
You have to understand: I had given up on this dream of music for many years. It was only the last few years that I started to bring it back. My feeling was one of slight panic… like the way you feel when you’ve forgotten something important but can’t remember what it is. I knew that if I went to my grave without
at least trying to put my music out there then I would be the living equivalent of the parable of the Talents. I would be the son returning home to his father exclaiming that I feared losing the talent I was given so I buried it to keep it safe and did nothing to risk it and reap any reward from it. That parable is an important one: it stresses the fact that Talent that is hidden from the world is a monumental waste.
So a few years back I started. Over time I accumulated quite a neat little digital studio, and along the way I discovered TuneCore, which allowed me to put my own music on iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, etc. Even though TuneCore had been around for a while, when I discovered it, I knew nothing of it, nor did I know such a thing even existed. I don’t read music magazines, I don’t follow the “scene” or “trends” or who’s-who. I never have. I don’t model or copy, I’m just myself. So I discovered TuneCore accidentally, and decided to put one of my already recorded albums out there for the world. In 2009, I released Life & Death through TuneCore. And then I started to learn the hard lessons of the Music Business that I’m still learning. It’s damn hard to sell music when everybody wants it free. But, I kept on pushing forward with only one goal: to make sure people got to hear the music I’d written. Over the next year after the release of Life & Death I worked on reverse engineering my mini Rock Opera Since You’ve Been Away, which I renamed Tip of the Sword for the release.
Still, no sales. I started advertising on Facebook, and I got a thousand fans in a few weeks, but still very little sales.
In the spring of 2011, I released Damn the Speed Limit and Skiing In Vienna as singles and spent a respectable sum of money advertising on Facebook and Jango Radio. Still, little or no sales. But I knew that my real mission was to just get my music out there for the world, and that eventually it would be discovered and I would be able to turn this into a career. I never lost sight of that goal. I believe that money is a side effect of doing what you love, so the money would come. I never worried about the how, or the when. I just worried about working on my music.
In July of 2011, I moved to Florida with my wife and son, and once I got my studio set up started working on a new collaboration project with Alan Morgan. The first song we started working on together was Waterfall, and I wanted to finish it in time for the 11th Annual Music Awards submission deadline. But we had very little time to get together and it just wasn’t ready, so I decided to submit two songs: Damn the Speed Limit and Skiing In Vienna. I submitted them kinda near the deadline, and I pretty much forgot about it and went on with my collaboration work with Alan. We ended up releasing Waterfall at the end of December 2011.
But then I got the notification of my nomination and, well, a lot of things happened to me. For one, I felt validated in the sense that I had been officially and legitimately recognized by industry professionals and peers. I also knew that the universe was responding with the laws of attraction in the appropriate manner, because I only kept (and still keep) the single minded belief that I will eventually be recognized for everything that I am. I keep sending out the vibrational energy of the end result that I see in my mind to the universe knowing that the universe will respond with the thing I think about most. I am successful. People love my music. I am recognized in my field. I am a sought after composer and producer. That’s how I think. On my bulletin board, I printed a picture of the IMA Nominee logo, crossed off the word “Nominee” and replaced it with “Winner”.
So now what? What will I do with this new recognition? I’m only starting now to think of this. Maybe find a manager, an agent, a publicist… reach out to industry professionals and offer my services as a virtual instrument programmer (Damn the Speed Limit is 100% programmed, except for the vocals). Offer my services as a producer to other independent artists. Custom Drum Programming. Collaborate with Eminem and have Dr. Dre calling me to work my insane rhythmic magic on some of his productions. Having my music placed in movies, TV, Video Games, porn (good stuff, like MetArt) or whatever. How does the IMA Nomination help with these things? Well, on one hand it does by giving my work a stamp of industry credibility, but on the other hand it doesn’t actually do anything other than give me a completely new level of confidence in what I do. Since the nomination, I’ve been formulating several new business venture ideas and now I believe in myself enough to pursue them with no doubt of my ability to make it happen.
Who would have thought that a nomination for an IMA would be all that? Well, as a wise man once said, “you cannot contemplate light by focusing on the dark”, so I guess that nomination is whatever I decide for myself that it will be. If I sit here and think, with my old habits of self-doubt and fear, that it means nothing, than how can it mean anything? But if I sit here and think “the sky is the limit” then I’m going to need an oxygen mask. Not a parachute: I don’t plan on coming back down.
PS – go to the IMA’s and VOTE for my song!!!
Love and Prosperity to you ALL! Have an AWESOME Day!