This is for all the people out there who have day jobs, and feel bad about how their music career is not turning out as they expected it would. Here are 10 ways in which my day job has helped me in my music career:
As I said before, this blog only reviews movies with a musical theme. In this case, this is a re-review of an old movie. It is 1984’s Amadeus, the movie about the rivalry between composers Mozart and Salieri that won 8 Academy Awards (or Oscars, as we call them locally).
I, for one, am extremely proud of all that I have achieved in the music world. I have never been signed to a major label, and in the past 10 years, I have tried to go into music full-time 3 times – all unsuccessfully. But I have never let this stop me from living my dream. My greatest successes to date have included a single signed to Soul Candi Records that received national airplay and went gold in terms of sales, and a South African Music Award nomination – that’s all. And that is amazing, and I am super-grateful for my victories so far.
Pavarotti was quoted as saying, “I think a life in music is a life well spent and this is what I have devoted myself to.”
Indeed profound words. I get the impression, though, that a lot of people in music don’t feel the same way, and that there are those who are half in the music industry who feel that their lives have been a failure because they have never been able to make a go of music full-time.
Always thought that Bloemfontein was a sleepy little city on the way to Cape Town? Well, think again. This city is coming of age musically.
Bloem is officially known as Mangaung, which means ‘place of the cheetah,’ and it encompasses a vast swathe of the Free State which includes Botshabelo and ThabaNchu, pieces of the urban fringe that have their legacy in apartheid. But Bloemain’t as small as it seems. With a metro population of over 800,000 people, it’s SA’s sixth-largest city. And as the capital of a province, it’s only right that the joint should have a major music festival and concert. Read more
Vodacom in the City takes place on Friday 3 October at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown.
Of course the timing is perfect, as the Newtown Junction Shopping Centre close by opened on Thursday 25 September, so the entire cultural precinct will receive a much-needed awareness boost. Newtown is the cultural icon and flagship of Gauteng Province’s Blue IQ Project, which was aimed at creating hubs for various sectors in various locations across the province.
The last 4 blog posts on music at the cusp of innovation made the argument that live shows were at one stage threatened by the advent of technologies that made it possible to experience and consume music away from the creative source. So in Mozart’s day, the best way to experience Mozart was to go to Vienna and attend a concert.
Admittedly, some technologies have survived better than others (who will ever need a VCR again?), and I’d much rather take a paperback to the beach than a Kindle (which has more to do with books than music, obviously). There is also something far more sexy about a physical book than a digital one. Nothing smells or feels like a beautiful library full of books, and digital technology can easily get lost, damaged or stolen, which means that you lose the book unless you have a back-up. Possibly the two biggest advantages of digital books are the ready accessibility online and the relatively lower cost (and if you’re about to catch a plane, an e-book would be much easier to lug around than an encyclopaedia).