Mark Twain, in the “p.s.” of a letter, once famously wrote, “I”m sorry this letter is so long. I didn’t have time to write a short one.”
David McCullough said, “Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard.”
Here is what I’ve arrived at for my pitch. I invite any thoughts.
“I’m paula mcmath. I’m a singer songwriter. I’m influenced by my idols; Mitchell, Cohen, Griffin, Dylan, and Waits. I try to sing what I can’t say. I’m most often compared with the acoustic, folk sounds of Joni Mitchell or Patty Griffin.”
If the elevator ride is long enough, I would add, “I aim to distill things down to the right words and then make them sing. I find the melody that the words suggest – or sometimes vice versa. (On rare occasions, the words and music come together.) I record the songs simply, acoustically -not overwhelming them with production.”
Yoda said, “Do, or do not. There is no try.” I disagree with this one. I believe that there is try. Trying is important.
I’ve learned a few things, in the last eight months, about the process of self-promotion as a musician / artist. It’s not a comfortable place for me to dwell in… It’s uncomfortable, for me, to feel like I need to be saying “look at me — look at me” when what I do actually comes from a very quiet, introverted place.
I’ve found that most of the time, things move really slowly. Mostly you send out the emails and wait… but gradually, a few things have come back to me for my efforts. I’ve gotten a couple of nice reviews recently – one at Paul Zollo’s ezine, Blue Railroad http://bluerailroad.wordpress.com/reviews/
and one in Music Connection http://musicconnection.com/digital/index.php?page=49ws/
At this point, I feel a need to simplify and narrow my focus. I guess that is where Ariel’s Blogging Challenge comes in. I look forward to the accountability and motivation that this community will offer.