We all have them….dreams and goals that never happened, or to stay on the positive side, dreams that hasn’t happened…..yet!
Today I was going through some of my backup-disks to find some old tracks from Keep Of Kalessin because there’s been a glitch at the Official Webshop so some people haven’t recieved the download links when bying MP3’s.
So to fix this problem I need to upload some files again and I started looking for them on my backup disks. But when I did so, I found so many other files….so much music that is just sitting there….on my disk, unfinished, unreleased.
I have wanted to release many of these tracks for years and some are even decades old songs that I still think deserves to see the light of day. For someone like me it’s really frustrating to feel that I never really tap into the full potential and I guess some of you guys could relate to this!
I know a lot of musicians who are the same way and who end up extremely frustrated because they have hundreds or even thousands of songs on their computer. There’s just one problem. Most of these songs lack something, some piece to fall into place, to be done! Like 100% done!
For me, some songs lack a proper mix, but I don’t feel comfortable in doing the mix myself so I’ve just stalled the process. Many songs lack vocals, some are missing an ending or a middle part. So basically these are all great ideas, but they’re never really finished. Why? Because in most creative work 90% of the song/art is just 10% of the actual work! And the last 10%…..you know the last riff, the ending, the one lyric that you’re not satisfied with or the middle part that is not sitting right, all this, even though it’s just a small thing to fix is normally 90% of the work! Because the first 90% doesn’t even feel like work. But when you’re about to finalize the product it becomes work…..and it’s down right boring! So it’s suddenly easier to move on to the next project or song and do the “fun” work, the creative process of beginning something new!
I often see this in creative work, but also amongst businessmen. The risk though, is that you’re jumping from one project to another, without really finishing the project and maximizing the potential of it.
In recent years I’ve had to become painfully aware of this and also started saying no to many projects. Even though I’m this kinda guy who would like to be part of “everything” and do “everything”. But if you’re going to get something done, you need to focus! And you know what? I really suck at it! I suck so much at keeping focus that I need to have someone hit me over the head with a hammer to remind me once in a while!
Anyway, so today I went through my disk and I found so many songs, ideas and projects that I would really like to finish, but haven’t done so just because I haven’t been focused enough to say “ok, this month I will finish THIS project. Next month THAT project.” and then set aside time and a plan to actually do it. Much of this is also because sometimes, there’s an obstacle, something that just gets in the way. And when you can’t find an immediate solution to overcome that obstacle you move on to something else instead of figuring out how to bash through that wall!
I have a goal of becoming better at going through those walls!
Procrastination is the enemy of all success and it is a demon that needs fighting on a daily basis!
I even procrastinated before posting this blog because I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to share with you guys, but I decided to post some unreleased material here.
So here you go, some unreleased tracks that for some minor reasons never (or not yet) saw the light of day!
Headspin – Draw
Headspin – Self Deciever
Headspin – To the top
Arnt Gronbech idea, feat. Geir Mikael Reijners – symphonic song
– I wrote this song, but got help from my friend Geir Mikael to produce the orchestra. It has great potential, but never really finished it.
Alteration – The Beast Among Us
– I’ve had this dream about an electronic project for decades, but I never focused enough to find producers to help me with the sound and production as I’m not skilled enough to produce this kinda music. Even though I feel the ideas are good.
Alteration – unnamed song
– Electro-pop that I have great ideas for vocals on. Just never gotten around to finding that singer and producing this idea in a professional manner.
Arnt Gronbech – acoustic idea
– This is also a great idea, but I also have ideas on how to add vocals so I never got around doing that.
Arnt Gronbech – acoustic ballad
– Same as the “excuses” above.
Arnt Gronbech – piano ballad
Arnt Gronbech – guitar rock ballad
Arnt Gronbech – bonjovi-style
– I had this idea about a Bon Jovi type of song and went to get help from my good frien Jorn Viggo from the band Pagan’s Mind. Idea is great, but lacking vocals and minor adjustments that we never got around to finish.
In addition to all these ideas I have several disks full of symphonic music, acoustic music, electronic music as well as rock and metal.
And for now, my goal is to reach a level of success in business so that I can have my “dream home” with a studio where I can get all this shit done and every day try to better myself in regards of procrastinating!
Anyone else feel the same way as I’m explaining in this blog?
It is comforting/disturbing to see that established musicians struggle with the same issues as the rest of us 😀
I know EXACTLY how you feel. You’ve got this song and you know it has all the potential in the world; cool riffs, nice melodies, a catchy phrasing, kick ass lyrics or whatever, but it just don’t feel right. It just doesn’t flow! Sand in the gears or something.
…and it is put in this box labelled “To be fixed Later” or “In Work” and soon forgotten and replaced by the next cool thing.
But, then… Every once in a while you dust it off and pick it it up again and look at it with fresh eyes and the scrutiny that only distance can provide and… A small adjustment, cut out a section or add another, re-arrange it or just adjust the way you pick a certain lick or play a beat or sing a line and WHAM!! it’s there: Solid gold 🙂
…although, the “For Later”-box is probably bigger than the gold stack 😀
My man, you should share this on SoundCloud!