By Mark Scott
Sure, you love it. But sometimes the last thing you want to do is get in the car and drive to the gig. This thing feels like a job. That’s because it is. It’s not merely a “show” anymore. It’s a line of work. A profession. A career. And the sheen can wear off all those things eventually.
So what do you do when things get stale? When you find yourself watching Sportscenter on the bar TVs while you play & sing in pure mindless muscle-memory mode.
Here are 3 things we can do to keep things fresh.
1. Rotate in some new songs
Come on man you need some new songs. At least songs that are new to you. There’s something powerful about a new song. It’s a challenge. It’s giving your muscle memory new assignments. You’re forging new pathways in your brain. Suddenly, music is a fresh new adventure again. And you sound pretty damn good too, by the way.
2. Play some new venues
Every venue you play is a separate stream of income. Over time, you’ll collect more streams. And they’ll come and go for a variety of reasons. But there are plenty to go around. At least in this town.
It’s optimum to get return dates and regular rotation jobs, sure. But adding in new venues keeps things fresh. Fresh faces, fresh connections, fresh streams of income, fresh scenery. That’s all important stuff for your business. And your social chops.
And added financial security. The beauty of multiple streams of income is that when one fails for whatever reason, you have plenty others to sustain your business. And, as long as you keep an attitude of professionalism and your music stays relevant, you’ve got job security, and that’s more than an awful lot of people can say about their jobs. Adding in new venues always gives me fresh sense of security because I’m adding new income streams.
3. Get some new gear
Yeah, I can’t believe I just said that. But I think it’s a good word. You can show this to your spouse, your bae, or whatever you wanna call it, and thank me with a cool $20.
But to be sure, this is definitely a short term fix. Or maybe not. For solo-acoustic musicians, buying a looper is the kind of purchase that opens up all kinds of new musical possibilities and there are endless new ways to do new things. And that, for my money, is the kind of gear that’ll keep things fresh and challenging.
So yeah, 3 pretty basic things you can start doing right now to freshen things up a bit.
New songs, new venues, new gear.