Wow, haven’t written in a while, sorry! Just wanted to let ya know I’ve been working on new dance-pop music (finally! no more girl-with-guitar-look-how-sweet-I-am crap! WE ARE GOING TO DANCE!!!) and it is freakin’ amazing. I think you all are going to love it, and I know it’s going to be a knockout live. I cannot WAIT to perform these gems!!!

Also, I think once I have a demo’s worth of kickass dance songs, I’m going to start trying to take it to the next level in earnest. Up till now, the stuff I’ve done hasn’t been the stuff I really want to be known for, but now that I’m seeing how awesomely the new stuff is turning out to be, I think I can be really comfortable with this sound as an accurate picture of who I am and what I want to do. Yay! FINALLY!

The tip for today is: when you’re stuck, and you think you can’t make anything good happen, WORK THROUGH IT. When you think there’s no point to trying to work on your dream, WORK ON YOUR DREAM. You’ll get back into the groove instead of wasting time, and you’ll feel better when the inspiration starts to come back.

Yesterday it took me two hours of sitting and staring at my computer and wondering if I could even make good dance music until I got some ideas for my song and started laying them down on the recording, and you know what? I made a freaking amazing song this weekend. I’m in love with it. And I feel great about that. And if I had given up, either for the moment or forever, when I felt like I couldn’t come up with anything, then I wouldn’t have ever known that I can totally make an amazing song when I put my mind to it and chug on through the tough times. So chug on through the tough times, folks. After all, you never read a book about The Little Engine That Said “F*** It,” did you? You read about THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD.

JUST DO IT.

Food for thought: the average American watches 4 hours of TV per day. That’s right–FOUR hours, PER DAY.  If the average American spent 4 hours per day doing anything, ANYTHING more productive, can you imagine how much better of a nation we would be? If we spent four hours per day mentoring kids, or parenting our own, or helping animals, or standing up for human rights, or cleaning up the environment, or exercising, or learning new skills, or meeting our neighbors, or ANYTHING but watching TV? Jesus H. Christ–I can’t even get my head around what a different world it would be.

My point being, if you have a dream, like I have a dream, step number one to achieving that dream, no matter what it is, is TURNING OFF THE TV. Just do it. Even if Dr. Phil is in the middle of a sentence. Turn it off, get off the couch, eliminate TV watching as an option for a time filler in your mind, and go do the things you need to do to get where you want to go. Go do research on the internet. Go practice a skill. Go network with a contact. Go work out. Go keep yourself healthy. Go make a new contact. Get out of the house. Learn something. Do something. Achieve something. Make a “to do” list. Map out how you’re going to get where you want to go.

Even if you only watch an hour of TV a day, it adds up. That’s seven hours a week. In seven hours, you can do a lot. In seven hours, I could write seven songs, or reach out to a hundred music bloggers, or research a boatload of other artists’ career paths, or practice a new song on the guitar until it was perfect. Or expand my fan base.

Time is exceedingly valuable. I’ve come a long way in the two years I’ve been working on my music career, but it took thousands of hours, divided over hundreds of days. I haven’t watched four hours of TV in a single day in a LONG time, and I don’t plan on ever really doing it again in my life. I used as many of my free hours as possible to do things that would help me get somewhere in my music career, and in two years of putting my free hours to good use, I have made many new friends and contacts, kept up old friendships, learned web design, recording and music production, written an album, put my album up for sale on iTunes, Amazon, and many other sites, made four music videos, learned to play guitar, expanded my fan base, done shows, and on and on and on, all while holding down a full time dayjob.

Nobody who has ever made it at anything, especially music, has done it by sitting on their ass watching TV. Making it is a full time job. TV will not help you make it in any way, ever. So stop watching TV and start moving towards getting on it!