« on: September 26, 2013, 11:26:40 PM »
QuoteWhat I missed most about having a label wasn’t the monetary investment, but the right to be quiet, the insulation provided from incessant self-promotion. I was a singer, not a saleswoman. Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur.
Interesting read. It isn't always clear what point she really wanted to make, but the essay was thought provoking nonetheless.
The irony is that she is quite good at self-promotion.
What I get out of it is that she makes a careful separation between creative act and the promotion of it afterwards. It might blurred sometimes, but being skillful at one doesn't equate to a skill at the other. I think that the rise of social media has raised the expectation that artists be fully accessible and engaged with their audience most if all of the time. For those of us not fortunate enough to be doing this full-time, this is not really feasible. For many of the bedroom musician-types in our genre, touring and live performance may not be a practical solution to replace falling revenue from the gradual decline of paid music. From my perspective, since a lot of what I do involves layering different instruments and takes, a "live" performance for me isn't such an exciting prospect, as it might easily devolve into a "music-minus-one" sort of thing.
I would give the author more credit--she is clearly not promoting her own music. Even her calling as a writer is not really the focus of her opinion piece. I think she is understandably concerned about how the web age's emphasis on self-promotion might leave a lot of quiet but talented musicians in the dust. I am, too.