Gardening and the music business

So your reading this Blog either by accident or you have come through here to learn something. You read the title and ask yourself , “What is this guy talking about?” Well I will tell you…

I am in my backyard trying to get it all straightened up since the winter is over and spring is finally here. I have been putting it off for some time but had to get it all done or at the very least started. So I have this small space in the back that has been blocked off for gardening and last year we started a tomato garden and everyone said now way will it last or work. As life would have it I yielded a few tomatoes but I learned much more than I thought I would.

I noticed how the music business and gardening is almost parallel well sort of maybe more allegorical. As we try to make our connections and reach out to managers, music supervisors, creative directors, A&R , film directors and what not. We are trying to build a career much like growing a garden. Yet so many of you do not want to admit , YOU HAVE NO IDEA ON HOW TO GROW A GARDEN!

Now I must admit I am learning I have no full knowledge of both so before you start to get angry with me I just wanted to make that clear. I was just working and thought how profound that gardening was and how it applies to just about all of the things we partake in. From our personal faith to music and our pressing on to gain a foot hold in the business.

Mark allan wolfe at the water fal in northern georgia

We need to clear out all of the weeds and garbage that is in our way, the stuff that makes it hard to be a success. We need to dig out all of the rocks, old plastic bottles and junk that represents those wrong ideas we have and the wrong motives. We need to make sure that the soil is perfect and ready for planting. You have the hard ground and maybe bring in some good soil in order for success to permeate.

When we take the steps to move forwards and get these items taken care of it is then that we can begin to plant with our ideas and let them grow. For instance, we need to gain knowledge and understanding on all of these things we are trying to do and get. We need to be willing to be made willing so to speak. If we are teachable there is hope for us to grow. For no one man knows all about any one subject. You may know a lot of something but you never know ALL.

We need tpo persevere into learning all we can, caring for our garden as much as we can. For it is when we care for it, removing all the weeds making sure it has everything it needs to grow that the miracle of life happens. Hence I believe it is with out dreams and with your own business. If you care for it, take the steps to make sure your doing it right you will succeed.

You need to practice every day, study every day, reach out and network all of these things seem to be essential for grow. If your doing drugs or partying being foolish with your time how do you ever think you will grow? For instance if you want your music to be hear by the right people how do you think this will happen? Most of us think that, if I just make the music and post it on myspace someone will hear it and freak out, email you and be like, DUDE you are the best!

What steps are you taking? What is your one year goal? Your five year goal? What is your budget for these dreams to come true? How much time do you spend in trying to market yourself if any? Are your goals realistic? What do you know about the business your trying to break in. I am just trying to be helpful and realistic. The record business is going through some radical changes and has been, how are you positioning yourself to reap the most benefits?

Well I hope this is made you think a bit, made you take a moment to stop, think of a game plan and focus your mind on achieving your goals. I am going to write more about this but I challenge you to go deeper.

Mark Allan Wolfe



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