Hi, this is fear talking. I just want to remind you that you are a tiny little worm that should probably curl up in a ball somewhere in a hole and do nothing….
Actually no… Effff that.
How about you stop being chicken and start taking action. You — the artist with beautiful music who is withholding it from the world. Let it go. Release it.
1) It is a blessing to you and others to release your music.
You will be blessed if you release your music. You may also be sad and disappointed and angry but you will also be blessed. This is how you grow. How are you going to grow by being idle? How are you going to grow by doing mix revision #117 on your song? You won’t. Do the best you can and move on. This doesn’t have to be your best work. It might end up being your best work for all the wrong reasons because it will be your ONLY work.
There are a lot of benefits for everyone when it comes to listening to music. However, you can’t really reap any of those benefits if you don’t release the music. No one can hear it. I want to be blessed by your music, but I can’t because you won’t let it go. Why don’t you want me to be blessed?
2) No you actually aren’t making the song any better.
A wise person once told me that 1dB never sold any more records.
Yeah but Zach I need to turn the snare down by minus half a dB because that’s art.
NO YOU DON’T THAT’S YOU BEING AFAID TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT STEP AND THAT IS NOT ART.
It is very likely you have lost objectivity and no longer know what is good for your song. You cannot be impartial and objective with creative decisions when you have listened to a song 1000 times. It won’t work. You will make it worse. Once cure would be to get outside feedback. The ultimate cure would be to release your freakin’ song and move on to making more art.
3) You weren’t made to live your life dictated by fear.
We would all be miserable little weasels if we lived our entire lives dictated by fear. Sure, sometimes it is helpful. For example) a bear is going to eat your face and fear says run. Yes! You should run. However, when it comes to taking the next step on your creative journey when did you decide to make fear a mentor? Why is fear the expert? Why ignore all your friends and collaborators and this tiny little blog article?
Maybe you like feeling afraid. Maybe you get off believing about yourself that your some creative genius who must hide away in cave for centuries to make the perfect song. I’m surprised there’s enough room in that cave for your Apollo twin, speakers, and your EGO to fit.
Now, maybe I’m being harsh. I apologize if I hurt your feelings. However, I’d rather tear the bandaid off now then suffer a life where I don’t get to be blessed by your beautiful art and you never grow to reach your potential.
Founder of @lostharbormusic