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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Thursday, September 30, 2010

Another day...another $0.35...

I sit at my desk each day with music playing and my attention keeps wandering from the computer screen to the music. I find myself caught up in a song and just sitting there taking it all in.

More and more, music pulls at me. What can I do to put myself into a situation where I can follow my passion? I ponder this daily, to be honest.

I have done my job for almost 32 years in various situations and until the last year or so, I truly did enjoy it.

Now, it has become more of a bookkeeper position and less of a contributor to the creative cycle.

I am going to start having the opportunity to earn a few sheckles by writing reviews for new albums. They will be albums not associated with artists who are booked on MUSIC ON THE COUCH, sent to me a few times a month.

The site is called REVIEW YOU and it is offering musicians the opportunity to get their albums reviewed by the staff.

It is a new venture coming out of Ariel Publicity who I have had a relationship with for about 3 years now.

If I get an album from a band I enjoy, I will then try and book them to give y'all a chance at hearing them.

This is not going to give me that opportunity to chuck what I do today...but it is the first step.

Next week at the Arkansas Music and Heritage Festival, I will be meeting up with a gentleman and hoping to arrange a situation where I can possibly be a 'stringer' for his nationally heard radio show. In this way, I can do interviews with artists in this area, when he is not able to get here...we will see, that might be a stretch at the moment, but I am looking behind the doors to see what might be there.

Maybe I need to start putting aside some time each week to work on THE QUEST, my short story I have been working toward turning into a novel for publishing.

Maybe I need to reach out to some of the local papers and see if I can get some writing gigs that way.

maybe I just need to get back to this boring-a** billing sitting in front of me and realize the dream is over...

HELL NO..never give up your dream!

What is your dream? Have you an opportunity to make it a reality?

Well, this is probably the most open post I have done in months.

13 Of Your Sparks

  1. I feel your anguish, my friend. Ironically, though, it is not music that is pulling at my heart, but this book. It has taken me on an emotional roller coaster these past few weeks, and there are times I think it will consume me alive. Still, I'm feeding a hunch. Not saying it will be a bestseller, but I have a hunch that if we can get our acts together, we can write a bangup book and actually sell it.

    Dreams die slow hard deaths in my life; I'm caught between what I SHOULD do and what I WANT to do. I'm sure many, many people can relate to that.

    Follow your passion, my friend, in whatever form it takes. You are fortunate you have a life partner who will back you up and stand by your side.

  2. I should say, it's not music THIS TIME, but I'm sure it will call me again. It always does.

  3. ...sounds to me like it might be time for a second honeymoon... perhaps all you need is an "adjustment" to get the wheels on track. Either that or just punch the monitor screen...

  4. Ken Says:
  5. So is that $.35 cents your take on having all these widjity things all over your sidebar?

  6. SONGBIRD: You are doing it ..I need to get my a** moving

    IVAN: I wish that would solve what is itching at me

    MICKEY-T: Dude, I got rid of almost everything...the $0.35 comes from my real job...I give this to y'all for free!

  7. Jay Says:
  8. Best of luck with your new venture. And you're right NEVER GIVE UP!

  9. Unknown Says:
  10. Wow, Vinny, you could be writing from my POV. I know exactly how you feel. Sometimes I wonder if I'm just beating my head against the wall, but than I realize that I can't stop. Yes, I would love to be able to make a living at writing, but even if I don't I can't stop doing it.

  11. Maggie Moo Says:
  12. *sigh* I would SO love to follow my dream...I think you know, it's to open a cafe. Last year I was THIS close...some day...

    I think it's great that you are starting to get your feet wet with writing reviews. And it's a fantastic idea to contact local papers. I can't wait to hear how that goes. Good luck my friend!

  13. JAY: Thank you Sir...I am plowing forward, even looking at some other options

    JOHNH: I get it Sir...I say, why write so much and then it comes back to the love for the music and the love to share it

    MAGS: Yes, you were thisclose...but guess what? If you had done that you might never have met that man that makes you smile every day!

  14. Unknown Says:
  15. That's a toughie...I left my job three years ago and now I'm at my dream job, but I know how sometimes the dream fades. I don't have any answers, but I can pray that you discover what your heart wants you to do!

  16. Travis Cody Says:
  17. I think it's important to remember that we always have options. Then we can focus on the options that can advance us toward the dream or goal at hand.

    Maybe you're not making any money with your passion for music yet, but you have exercised the option to do something in the music industry. And that's a big deal.

    Keep at it.

  18. Okay, so I WAS here last week. Sigh.....I really think I'm losing it.

  19. Mimi Lenox Says:
  20. As you know I am going through a struggle right now with needing to move in another direction (really, just moving might be a step in the RIGHT direction) and branching out into more creative avenues that actually allow me to be creative and get my book(s) published instead of fighting with all the bureaucracy I have to deal with on a daily basis that stifles my passions.

    WRITING is calling me. MUSIC always calls me. SINGING and performing again....calling. (Unfortunately, the bills are calling at the same time and there seems to be an echo in here.)

    I feel your pain.


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