Your Music Career - Plan or Providence?


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Are you struggling to develop a music career? Perhaps you have talent as a singer, songwriter or musician and even have your own band. You may be spending lots of time performing and promoting your music career with hopes of getting that “big break" someday. But have you ever noticed how things don't always go the way you've planned?

Plan - method of procedure; to arrange beforehand

This has really been apparent in my life recently. Last week my husband had some time off from work so we planned to go backpacking. But the nice weather we'd been having suddenly turned cold and wet. So we had to change our plans and drown our sorrows at a hot springs resort with some friends instead. Yesterday we had plans to go horseback riding. The weather was absolutely beautiful this time, but I got sick and couldn't go anywhere. So, not being able to do much else, I decided to read The Beatles Anthology. I found it absolutely fascinating how The Beatles music career developed; it almost seems providential.

Providence - foresight; God watching over mankind

I'll quote Ringo from the book to show you what I mean. . .

"Things used to fall right for us as a band. We couldn't stop it. . . . We'd conquered France, we conquered Spain and Italy; but we were worried about America. . . Then Ed Sullivan was getting off a plane at Heathrow at the same time that we were geting off one from Sweden, saw all the fans at the airport and booked us on the spot. He didn't know us and we didn't know him. " ~ The Beatles Anthology pg.116.

Most music fans know that when The Beatles performed on the Ed Sullivan show it became one of the biggest events in rock and roll history. But when The Beatles started out they didn't seem to know much about planning a music career. John and Paul knew they wanted to be good songwriters and as a band they all wanted to make good music. This was their focus. They honed their craft by playing as much as possible and took advantage of the opportunities that came their way.

So, when planning your music career, try to keep the following things in mind:

  • stay focused on developing your craft
  • perfect your skills by playing a lot
  • get exposure through performing at public venues
  • take advantage of opportunities that come your way
  • and last, but not least, realize. . .

"In his heart man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. " ~Proverbs 16:9

*man in this verse is a generic term for humankind

Kathy Unruh is a singer/songwriter and webmaster of ABC Learn Guitar .

She offers free guitar tips and other helpful ideas each month in the ABC Learn Guitar Newsletter .


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