Saturday, February 11, 2006

Is it time for me... give up on the notion and practice of making music as a "serious" pursuit?

I can't remember the last time I really sat down and was productive with my music.  I still enjoy dabbling with synths and sounds, and have particularly enjoyed my guitar again lately (especially with the Line6 TonePort I recently got), but it's struck me in recent days that perhaps I need to give up on the notion that it's something I can (should?) devote serious amounts of time, energy and money to.  Time is something I don't have much of.  Energy levels often fluctuate in the short-term into lows and have been low in the general sense for a long while now. It's been a rough couple of years, what with one thing or another.  Money is always an issue, but it is even more so now, in what is probably the toughest time I've had since going self-employed more than 7 years ago.

It's a big decision and one I won't take lightly.  If I do take the path which removes music-making as a significant part of my environment, I am sure it won't disappear completely.  I will hold on to a skeleton array of equipment.  Some of that will be forced on me as there are items which are not re-saleable, but I will keep a core set-up just so I have something in case I need that avenue or outlet in the future or if I find some creative sparks igniting in the future.

I need to do some thinking about this question....or at least find some space to assess what all this means.

Posted by Jon at 9:26:25 PM in Musing (23) | Comments (2)


Jon, I for one would hate to see you give it up fully, but I know the situation you're in: I haven't painted or done any physical art since leaving college. It tears me up to this day that I can't afford to build a space to paint like I'd like to.

If you must sell it off - do so but make sure you keep enough to keep the option ready to write whenever you can. And if you find yourself needing a week just to make music - give me a call and fly on over to NYC and we'll make some tunes :D


Posted by Michael Weeks on 14/02/2006

Thanks ever so much for posting, for the empathy and the encouragement.

I will hang onto a few things, just so there is the option available to me in the future, but the majority of it will go...

Thank you for the offer of coming to NYC! Maybe when things feel more settled...

All the best,


Posted by Jon on 15/02/2006

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