I’ve slowly come to the realization that I’m a musical hobbyist. I have been recording music for nearly 20 years. Each album I record contains improvements in both writing and recording techniques. I enjoy this process immensely. But, no one listens to my music and no one buys it. And, there seems to be little reason to think this will change.
I think there are a number of factors involved in this some of which are in my control and some of which are not. Among the ones I can think of include:
1. A lack of interest in melodic instrumental music. This is what I write and this is what I enjoy listening to. But, the vast majority of people seem to have no interest in melody and even less interest in instrumental music. Nothing I can do about that.
2. Too many choices available. When I was growing up there were probably several hundred bands and individual musicians recording and releasing music. Some succeeded and some didn’t but most at least were heard if they released music. Today, there are probably that many recording artists within a 25 mile radius of where I live and thousands within a 100 mile radius. Just to put that in perspective I do not live anywhere near a music hot spot. I live in rural Kentucky. Once you add in the rest of the country there may be millions of people recording music and releasing it.
3. Too little marketing effort. This is squarely on me and I have not done enough to get my music out there. But, it simply wears me out! The endless posting, tweeting, submitting, blogging, guest blogging, seeking out reviews, and the dozens of other things you need to do to give your music a shot just overwhelms me. After all, even with those efforts, there’s no guarantee that your music will be heard or purchased.
4. No live performances. Again, this is my fault. I’ve done live performances before to limited success but nowhere near enough to justify the cost in time and money and effort to do this again.
So, where does this leave me and what is the point? Well, I continue to write and record music because I enjoy it. I suspect that at some point most of the music written and recorded will be produced from these primary motivations. Virtually no one will be able to support themselves with their musical efforts. I’m not sure whether this is good or bad. I can see points in support of both sides.
For now I simply ask that you take a few moments to give some of my music a listen. After all, the ultimate point of recording music is for someone to hear it. I’m not asking for you to pay for it, promote it, “like” it on Facebook, or anything else. If you wish to, that’s great. I’ll appreciate it. But if not…