Right, the Lomax article got a bunch of letters this week and with most I simply disagree but one is worth pointing out and that is Jonathan Updegrove of .belville's letter. Personally, if you want to make a career out of music, I have no issues with that at all. If you want to "make it", while I may be dismissive, it's not for me to judge. Most of Johnathan's comments are standard wide eyed, "Gee, I'll add this stuff to my How To Make It notebook. Again that's neither here nor there - whatever. But then he throws this lovely paragraph (emphasis mine):
I understand that you probably were not saying all bands in Houston are apathetic, for lack of a better word, towards the business aspect of music, but I wanted to let you know that there are some out there who are anyway. And that your article was very helpful in turning them in the right direction to "make it," so to speak.
So, if you are not taking the steps to "make it", you are pointed in the wrong direction. Wow, thanks for speaking for me you fucking tool. It's like this Nickelback Pigfucker can't get it through his head that there are other frikkin reasons for making music!
I have a 4 year old who constantly says "You wanna play?" and he then goes off on some fantasy about knights, astronauts, firefighters, or whatever. You know that's all I frikkin do; I play with my friends. Making music to me is an end in itself. It's fun and there is nothing more to it that that. It makes me happy. For god sake Johnathan, tell me why the fuck am I heading in the wrong direction? Because I never look past the next gig, practice, or recording session? Piss off.
I say you should look at Ian Varley comment in the same article about making it:
"To be honest, my overarching philosophy is that the only thing really worth focusing on is making your music better,"Amen, Brother!
You want my test for whether you are "headed in the right direction." Ready?
1. Is it Fun?
2. Does it make you happy?
3. Is the crap you sometimes have to put up with outweighed by #1 and #2?
If you are making music you enjoy, you should answer of "Yes" to all three.
Now go make some music and fuck off!