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.
After many years of study, I am so glad that I am currently busy with my doctorate in marketing communications. I’m doing it at the University of Johannesburg, with Professor Sonja Verwey as my supervisor, and Andrea Crystal as my co-supervisor. I absolutely hated my master’s degree, because it took me much longer than I thought it would, and because it was so hard. I really battled, which is why I tell people I’m not that smart, I just work hard. Well, it turns out that doctorates are similar to master’s degrees – they are difficult, and they are hard work. A friend of mine in PE is busy finishing hers at the moment, and she says she’s a big fat mess.
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.
It was Friedrich Nietzsche who said that he who has a why can endure any how. It is also a central philosophy of Viktor Frankl, who found meaning in a Nazi concentration camp and managed to survive as a result. And I know that this is a key theme of many of my blog postings. Perhaps the reason why I keep returning to it is because I want to know what it is that separates an ‘ongoingly’ successful artist from one who has one hit and then fades. Of course persistence and longevity are key factors, but where do they come from?