Money earned this week: $1,152 (and yes, most of that is from writing/editing, not music sales)
Giant Robot Album status: we’re using the word “finished” an awful lot, and I suspect will wrap things up in the next two weeks
Shows played this week: 1, so far
Upcoming shows: Tonight at M Bar with a roster of Special Guests; tomorrow at Bar Pico; Wednesday at Cafe Fulya in Philadelphia; Thursday at Temple University; Friday and through the weekend at Divine Decadence in Somerset, NJ… here, I’ll just give you the full list
A few things.
First, yes it feels weird to be writing up some summary of my whatsit when half of y’all are glued to the news and the other half are chastising anyone who isn’t glued to the news.
But for most of us, today is both a news day and a work day.
I’ve been kinda coy about it, but if you read between the lines you should be able to tell that at this point I could just as easily call these weekly summaries “This Week in Freelance Writering” as I could call them “This Week in Independent Musicianry.”
Enough that the label “full-time independent musician” doesn’t exactly apply anymore, although I still use the words “full-time touring musician” when I send my EPK to booking agents because that, at least, is undoubtable.
Adding daily copywriting and editing assignments to my workload has changed the way I look at my music career, and I think it’s a change that was just about due.
Specifically: since I have at least six hours of writing/editing to complete every day, five days a week, I have to be judicious about the rest of my time. I can’t take on music gigs that aren’t worth their weight, or sign up for time-consuming free projects “for the exposure.” (And trust me, in Los Angeles, there are plenty of those.)
It is interesting that in order to move forward as a musician — and “as a person,” as cliched as it is — I had to quit my “real job.”
But taking on these writing assignments, which is essentially adding on another “real job,” also feels like a step forward.
Anyway. Come to my M Bar show tonight. We are calling it “Songs and Stories,” which are two of my favorite things.
And until then, I need to get back to work. <3