This last year I completed a Project 365 where I practiced and worked on music everyday for an entire year. I hope to keep practicing as much as possible, and I am sure it will be more often than not, but this year I have a different goal. This year I aim to work on an entirely different aspect of my music abilities. To throw in a language learning metaphor (since this is a language learning blog), I’ve spent the last year working on my speaking and comprehension skills. This year, I’m going to develop my reading and writing.
My 2014 Goals
In terms of music, that means I am challenging myself to write 50 songs. They will probably be spread out in the different genres that I am comfortable with, but that’s my project for 2014.
This means I’ll need to write between 4 and 5 songs a month to meet my goal. That’s about one song per week! I also hope to record some of these songs and put them together as an album or two, but even if that doesn’t happen THIS year, I’m okay with it. My main efforts will be to work on my composing. The recording and album production can come later.
I’ll be keeping track of my project over at my primary website http://www.shannon-kennedy.com. As of September 1, 2014 I have 30/50 songs written. Now I just need to start recording them!
I also hope to read 20 books this year. Last year I read more than 50 books, but several (yes, okay, most) of them were not music or language related. I’d like to improve that ratio, and so, I’m challenging myself to read 20 marketing or music related books and/or language books this year to really focus in on my craft(s). Any fiction reading I do will be around or in addition to that.
We’ll see how it goes! You can follow my progress on Goodreads.
For now, I’ll keep track of the books here:
Current standing: 5/20
Total pages read: 1,406 Pages
|1||The Story of French||Jean-Benoit Nadeau, Julie Barlow||496 Pages|
|2||Music Publishing||Tim Whitsett||192 Pages|
|3||This Business of Music Marketing and Promotion||Ted Lathrop||320 Pages|
|4||Ruthless Self Promotion in the Music Industry||Jeffrey P Fisher||200 Pages|
|5||Succeeding in Music||John Stiernberg||198 Pages|
|6||Making Music Make Money||Eric Beall||257 Pages|
|7||Bienvenue: Glencoe French 1B : Writing Activities Workbook and Student Tape Manual||Conrad J. Schmitt||258 Pages|
|8||This Business of Artist Management||Xavier M. Frascogna, Jr. and H. Lee Hetherington||304 Pages|
|9||Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language||Eva Hoffman||288 Pages|
|10||The Self-Promoting Musician||Peter Spellman||264 Pages|
|11||The Pocket Linguist: A Practical Guide to Learning any Language||Gregg A. Miller||118 Pages|
|12||How to Get Sponsorships and Endorsements||Simon S Tam||80 Pages|
|13||Language: Learn Any Language FAST!||Dagny Taggart||64 Pages|
|14||Conquering Foreign Languages||Tristan King||61 Pages|
|15||The Ultimate Language Learning Secret||Anthony Metivier||88 Pages|
|16||Breaking Through to Fluency||Joshua Smith||28 Pages|
|17||Found in Translation||Nataly Kelly||288 Pages|
|18||The Musician’s Internet||Peter Spellman||142 Pages|
|19||This Business of Artist Management||Howard Blumenthal, Oliver Goodenough||297 Pages|
|20||Chinese: Learn Chinese in 7 Days! – The Ultimate Crash Course to Learning the Basics of Mandarin Chinese in No Time||Dagny Taggart||120 Pages|
|21||Popular Lyric Writing||Andrea Stolpe||145 Pages|
|22||Chinese in 10 Minutes a Day||Kristine K. Kershul||132 Pages|
|23||A Bord-Glencoe French 2||Conrad J. Schmitt||511 Pages|
|Total Pages||7,451 Pages|