It has been awhile since our last post (sorry!), but here we are! Let’s talk about those obnoxious motivation lulls we all experience. Whether you are working hard at writing your next EP, racking up hours in the studio, or working on gaining more followers, it all takes a lot of time and dedication. Of course, there is no foolproof method to survive blips in motivation. However, there are some pearls that I’ve encountered both in my life and on various Google articles that have served me well–and hopefully–will serve you well too.
- Set a schedule and stick to it, but not at the expense of your process.
I have found that if life is a balancing act, a wonderful, written schedule is the balancing bar that tightrope walkers use to keep from plummeting to the ground. Seeing everything laid out in front of you can be scary, but it helps you wrap your head around how to organize your time and start to see your list in terms of achievable goals. I think that there are three key points to remember when making a schedule to keep you motivated:
- Set a predetermined time every day to dedicate to your passion. Despite every other logistical, daily life thing that you have to get done, knowing you have time to do what you love can be a relief in an of itself. And that relief may be just the push you need to keep on going.
- Don’t make a schedule that is unachievable. Having a schedule and not sticking to it can be just as overwhelming as not having a schedule.
- Don’t think that you *have* to stick to your schedule at all costs. If you have that time set aside for your passion project, but you just aren’t feeling it, respect that. Forcing yourself to work on something that you aren’t in the right space for isn’t really helpful for anyone.
- Take time to be inspired.
For those times when you just can’t stick to your schedule, it is important to remember that inspiration is part of motivation. If you have a goal that you are working towards, sometimes that tunnel vision that focuses on the light at the end is a great motivator to keep working day in and day out. However, constant focus on the end can make it easy to lose motivation because, well, sometimes the end just seems really far away. If you find yourself feeling stuck inside your head, or stuck focused on the end, you may want to try some of this stuff.
- Think back to the beginning. Instead of looking towards the end of your project, think about why you got started, how far you have come, why you are doing what you are doing, etc.
- Take a break from the hard work. Take the time to go out and fully experience all of the things around you. When motivation is hard to come by, going out and finding inspiration in the smallest and most unexpected places can be the perfect medicine to get you back on track.
- Be willing to accept change. Taking a moment in the middle of a project to reminisce or to go out and be inspired can bring a fresh perspective to your project that you might not have expected. Run with it! New ideas keep your project moving forward and prevent stagnancy.
- Don’t forget the little victories (they need love too!).
I don’t have an easy-to-skim list for this one, but that doesn’t make it any less important (also read as: if you made it this far, might as well finish reading). We all tend to fixate and ruminate on the trouble we have been having and the hurdles we still have to overcome, often forgetting all of the ways we have achieved success thus far. Celebrating the victories (no matter how small!!!!!) is crucial to staying motivated. If we spend all of our time focusing on all the ways things have sucked, we might start to forget why we are doing what we are doing. If we instead focus on how amazing it felt when we finished that chapter, or that song, or even when we found that one chord that made us melt, we are reminded that there is a reason we push forward, despite all of the hardships. Finding joy in the small victories helps us find joy in the larger ones, and ultimately, the project, because it gives us something positive to grab hold of when we are slipping, and push off of when we are ready to jump.
Working towards a goal is an adventure, to say the least. We all know it. There will always be days when this thing we are doing just seems absurd. But we started it for a reason, so we might as well try to figure out ways to keep going, right? So, to recap:
- Schedules (in moderation) are your friend.
- Never forget to be inspired.
- Celebrate your progress. All of it.
Hopefully within all of this lovely information, you have found some useful tidbit that can help on those rough days. Thanks for staying tuned. We will be back soon!
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Welcome to the Sanctus Sound Recording Company Blog!
We know that trusting someone with your project may be difficult, so to help show you who we are, we want to keep you informed and connected to all of our current updates, thoughts, and goings-on. And what better way to get it all out there than a tried and true blog? So here we are! This blog is for you, and we want to hear what you have to say! If you ever have a question you want to ask us, a topic you want to discuss, or just something to say, send us an email! We will try our very best to reply back or address it in our next post.
As summer comes into full swing, Sanctus Sound Recording is making some new additions. First of all, as you now well know, we have our new blog. To keep you even more informed, we have also started a monthly newsletter. Our newsletter is meant to keep you in the know and to sneak in some specials for you keeping us off your spam list. We sent out our first newsletter out in mid June and were thrilled to have our campaign start off without a hitch. We launched a super secret promotion for our returning customers and bragged about our newest release from our record company, Polytone Records. We are really excited to keep you in the know, because the more you know, the more you’ll see how much we care, and the more you’ll want to come back or tell a friend about us (…right?). Our last new addition (for now) is our intern, Jessica. She is here to help make things a little easier on everyone, and to learn of course. This is all still very new to us and we hope you will stick around as we navigate our way through.
Thanks for staying tuned. We will be back soon!
Who wrote this??
I am Jessica, Sanctus Sound Recording’s new intern. I graduated from UCI with my B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior this past June and I am now pursuing a career in the music industry. If you have any questions for me that you don’t want to share in the comments, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to as soon as I can!
Over the past year I have been working on a project very near and dear to my heart. After a lot of labor and a lot of twists and turns – the date has been set: May 10, 2017 will mark the official release show for Adam Everett’s new album “If You Are Weary.”
This album also marks the launch of my record label (yeah, as in, real vinyl records), Polytone Records.
I would like to cordially invite you to join us in downtown Long Beach on May 10th, 2017 for an evening of live gospel music and celebration. Adam Everett and his band will perform music from his new album and the evening’s festivities will begin with an opening set by the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers.
C’mon over to POLYTONE RECORDS to stream samples of the new album and to buy your tickets to the album release event. Tickets to the event also include a copy of the new album!
Last August I began a daunting task with the gentlemen of Moonsville Collective: we set out to record and release four 5-song EPs in one year. Well we have now passed the halfway mark (beginning to work on EP III) in this journey and I am happy to report the band is more than up to the task.
Last month MC released the first installment of this project and I am happy to share the great results of their labor.
Check it out and get a copy here: Moonsville I.
For more info visit their website: Moonsville Collective.
After a couple of weeks of recording at break-neck speed in the fall of 2016, I emerged with 10 news songs ready for release. I am pleased to announce the release of “Heckle & Jive: Part 1” – the first 5 song installment of this project.
Here’s a run-down of the guilty parties involved:
Peter Guinta: All Vocals; Guitars; Percussion
Brett Kramer: Drums (1-3, 5) Percussion
Seth Wiese: Drums (4)
Adam Taylor: Bass
Kyle Schafer: Piano, Organ
Produced and Recorded by Peter Guinta
Recorded in Long Beach, California at Sanctus Sound
Mixed and Mastered by Josh Auer
Hope you enjoy it!
You can purchase a copy of the album on my Bandcamp site, with a full release coming soon on all major digital music outlets.
Occasionally, between projects I get a minute to work on music of my own. Thankfully, and unfortunately, (depending on how you see it) – the studio has stayed pretty busy, and I have struggled to find time to make my own creative endeavors a priority. Finally, after (literally) two years in the making – I am pleased to share a 4-song project called the Alone Together EP. Calling upon the usual suspects that have often graced the Sanctus Recordings, we put together some groovy music that I dig. Hopefully you will too.
You can stream and purchase the album on my BANDCAMP PAGE.
As you may recall, last year we were fortunate enough to work with the talented duo Lionel and Casey, collectively known as Tigers in the Sky. They enlisted us to record and produce their first album, The Golden Lights EP, of which we couldn’t be more proud. Well, even before the proverbial paint had dried on that album, they were already writing material for the next project!
I am pleased to invite you to partner with Tigers In the Sky in releasing their second EP via Kickstarter. There’s a lot of cool reward options for supporters and (based on my preview of the material); this is gonna be another album guaranteed to give the kids cavities.
Please visit their Kickstarter Campaign page to join them in making the world a better place, through music.
As I mentioned in an early post, the new EP by Silver State is final out! I’m really proud of this album and encourage you to pick up a copy of “Modern Way” for yourself from your local cyber-retailer:
Over seven months ago I met up with my friend Josh Taylor (you may recognize him as the front man for the band The Moderates). In our conversation he expressed his intentions to take the fall semester off from college to “spend more time on music.” My ears definitely perked up when I heard this. For a couple reasons:
1. Several years ago I was in a band and I had fallen into the same belief that “I would be soooo much more productive in my craft if only I quit everything to pursue it.”
2. Since my band-days, I had read Steve Pressfield’s book, The War of Art. Let’s just say that Josh’s rationale was a classic form of what Pressfield calls Resistance.
3. Perhaps most importantly, I had recently read (technically listened to it), a book called Quitter by Jon Acuff. Let’s just say that Acuff would not be chill’ with Josh’s proposal.
So with this backdrop, I heard him out and when solicited I definitely offered some strong resistance in the form of questions, really just one: “What do you hope to accomplish during this collegiate vacation?” (I imagined late-night Halo sessions, pizza parties, and road trips to no where).
Josh’s answer was simple and direct, “I want to become a better songwriter.”
So where the conversation goes from here is the primary difference between those who dream and fail and those who dream and succeed. I think it is worth sharing, and worth repeating in practice:
- He made a goal (and wrote it down / told someone else about it): I want to become a better songwriter in the next 7 months.
- He made it real. We took the vague concept of “being a better songwriter” and we nailed in down into measurable entities, with a real deadline fixed in time. We turned the qualitative into quantitative: I want to write 50 songs by the end of 2015 (approximately 7 months times). Sure, there is no guaranty that accomplishing quantitative goals will result in qualitative goals necessarily, but I’m pretty sure you are more likely to become a better songwriter by pushing yourself to write 50 songs, instead of trying for 10 songs that “are really good.” In the process of writing 50 tunes, it is likely you will hit that smaller qualitative goal of 10 great ones.
- He worked backwards and broke it down into smaller goals. Working backwards from the deadline (December 31) we calculated how many songs he needed to write each month and each week. This gave him the ability to plan and manage his time. If he was meeting or exceeding his goal on the timeline he had the freedom to take time off and do whatever else he wanted (all-night Call of Duty sessions). This way the goal was more of a marker than a master.
- He made it costly. In our conversation he shared how author Ray Bradbury had rented a typewriter in a library on a weekly basis to work on his craft. The cost to Bradbury was not paramount but the fact that it was costly at all made it more valuable to him. I offered to rent Josh studio time at Sanctus on a monthly basis (with set times) to work on his songwriting. We found a price that was mutually acceptable – neither overly burdensome to him but still costly and valuable.
Shortly after, we concluded our conversation and within a week Josh had keys to the studio.
The steps above will get you on the road to accomplishing your dreams/goals but ultimately the magic sauce to accomplishment is the unsexy, week-in week-out discipline, focus and work while no one is watching. Josh made a goal, made it real, broke it down, and made it costly. But that doesn’t mean he wrote 50 songs or became a better songwriter. That part rests solely upon his follow-through.