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The Necessary And The Difficult

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, hit songwriter on April 12, 2017

The music business is a tough, tough business, and the path to success travels through setbacks, failure, and doubt. The journey requires you to have patience, and it requires you to do difficult, challenging things. I don’t know of any hacks or tricks which avoid hard work.

In the marathon that is the music business, it's easy to want to avoid the difficult thing. For you, it might be picking up the phone or sending that email asking for a publisher meeting. Or it may be learning ProTools. Or finishing that stack of songs. But when those things are the things necessary for your success, you just have to suck it up and do it. But we often finding ourselves staying busy with the easy (unnecessary) things as a way of hiding from the necessary, difficult things. We have to be honest with ourselves, know what we tend to avoid, and face those things head-on. You might need an accountability partner (or the Frettie Members Forum on Facebook).

However, it is important to remember that not all hard things are necessary, nor are all necessary things difficult. For example, you may find writing lyrics easy, but writing melodies to be terribly difficult and just plain not fun. Well, maybe writing melodies is difficult but not necessary for you success (that's the angle I take). Or maybe it's the reverse. Your necessary/difficult mix will be unique to you.

But to maximize your efforts, you want to identify which is which, and avoid the unnecessary and do the necessary, whether difficult or not. Wisdom, experience, and the advice of the wise and experienced is vital to telling the difference. Good luck and God bless!

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