Whew, the end of the year is approaching, and even though it’s ultimately nothing more than a date on the calendar, I’m really looking forward to it. This year has been incredibly busy for me on just about all fronts. The mastering business continues to grow (better than expected, whew!), I’ve been writing and performing a ton of new material this year, and I released my first new album in a long time only a couple of weeks ago.
Not that I’m complaining mind you, I’m really glad it was such a productive year. But I look forward to taking on some new challenges too.
And you know, when I thought about this today, I realized that I’ve been feeling this way for some time now. Years in fact. When I sat back and really thought about all the times I felt this way over the last 5-7 years, and all the goals I set for myself, I realized that this was sort of never-ending.
Not in a bad way, but it was a realization for me to see how many times I’ve thought a particular time of year, or reaching some large milestone would lead to a drastic change in my music projects. I’d set myself these milestones expecting that once I was done I could stop and think about new ways to approach music making, or that I’d have the time to explore new tools for awhile and not think about actually writing music for a bit.
But of course, the next new project or idea pops into my head and away I’d go back into the studio.
For me the interesting thing to see in hindsight, is how many times these sorts of projects eventually did lead me to new working methods, or the chance to explore new tools. It was just a more gradual process than I thought it would be, not a short and more focused sabatical like I’d intended. It’s started to make me think about my goals not as the end of a particular journey, or the turning point in my music making. But instead they’ve become sort of way points on the path that my life seems to be taking.
I don’t let myself get stressed anymore that I’m too busy to take a break and approach all this music making from new angles, because over time that seems to happen anyway whether I planned on it or not. In that push forward, it’s important to slow down and realize that these dreams we have, these goals we set might always seem to be moving further out, but they only do so because we’ve achieved so many of them along the way.
There will always be something new on the horizon when it comes to music making! Something to keep in mind as you plan your New Year’s resolutions I think 🙂
On that note, what are some of your goals for the coming year? I’d love to hear about what kinds of projects everyone else is planning on tackling, even if it’s just wrapping up something you’re currently working on. Post it in the comments if you feel like sharing!