“Perseverance is a great substitute for talent.” – Steve Martin, Comedian, Actor, Musician
I’m in the middle of reading Steve Martin’s book “Born Standing Up” and have been highlighting lines and paragraphs like crazy (wild and crazy, that is ;-). I relate so much to the joys, setbacks, highs and lows he describes because in any kind of creative pursuit from stand-up comedy to songwriting, there are commonalities: We are starting with nothing and trying to create something tangible with the intention of moving an audience emotionally. We are trying to find our original voice while at the same time being relatable. We are constantly mining our inner resources and confidence to keep moving forward. We continue learning new tricks and developing our skills even as our work is being rejected over and over. But somehow the pursuit is a thing of beauty in itself.
Martin says, “I did stand-up comedy for eighteen years. Ten of those years were spent learning, four years were spent refining, and four were spent in wild success.”
What are some of your objectives to keep learning and refining this month? Statistics show that writing down goals increases the odds of achieving them. Big or small, it doesn’t matter as long as we keep moving in the right direction. Join us in goal-setting this month and post yours in the comment area.
March 1, 2017 at 11:57 am
My March Goals are:
1. Finish the transcription of “Your Abiding Presence” by the Discovery Singers which one of our Sisters asked me to do.
2. Rewrite my song “Message of Mercy” utilizing the feedback from Randy Klein’s class and a Coaching critique.
March 1, 2017 at 12:06 pm
Sounds like an excellent plan, Sister.
October 12, 2017 at 10:28 am
If you’ve finished the transcription of “Your Abiding Presence” by the Discovery Singers and are willing to share it, I’m interested. That song is an inspiration to me and I’ve been trying to find the album for purchase (I hear it every so often on Christian radio).
October 13, 2017 at 11:52 am
I am trying to send you the files but am having a hard time. Patience! Sister Kay Kay
October 13, 2017 at 1:11 pm
Thank you! Let me know if there’s something I can do to help.
October 15, 2017 at 8:18 am
Sara sent me your Facebook link & blog link, but they don’t seem to allow for files to be sent. Can you help with a good ol’ email address? The files are ready to go. I’m technologically challenged, as you can unerstand.
Sister Kay Kay
October 17, 2017 at 11:52 am
Thank you, you can email me at vwdowns AT gmail DOT com (replace AT with @, DOT with a period (.). Described that way to hopefully avoid spam filters.
March 5, 2017 at 10:53 am
Thanks! I got his autobiorgraphy and am reading. He has a MASTERCLASS ion comedy just out cant’ wait for that!
March 15, 2017 at 9:47 am
Reblogged this on Screamie Birds Studios and commented:
So I took the plunge and decided to sign up for the album deal at CDBaby. I already have 2 singles with the to see how things go. So now I’ve committed to finishing a whole album. Looking to one of my favorite online feedback resources, Songu, I found this blog post and it inspired me to keep on keeping on.