The growth into a period of greater effectiveness has indeed begun, but is going to be a long journey and an on going process. The recognition of growth is the embarkment upon concert promotion, rallying the local acoustic scene. Here’s a letter I sent out to a number of musicians.
Greetings, I’m putting on an acoustic concert series at the Rainbow on Saturday afternoons from 4 to 7pm and was hoping you could play. My goal is to pair up, up and comers with established acts in order to help foster a growing musical community. I’ll be promoting the heck out of each show, which will be each week, except the last Saturday of the month. There will be a “pay what you will” policy, so no one is turned away, with a suggested donation of 5-10$. Performers will also get a cut of drink sales. The rainbow can hold 50+ people and I’ll do everything in my power to get those people out. Everybody likes good music, it’s just a matter of letting them know about it. Once I have an idea about who’s interested and have the capacity of name dropping, I’ll do a media blitz to all sources concerned.
I’m sending you this note because your passionate about making music and hopefully are interested in building this scene. When I was given this slot they told me I could do anything I wanted with it, there’s nothing I’d rather do then help establish and promote a community of fine performers. I’m going to give my all to make sure it’s successful and of course any additional help would be appreciated.
Since this is just getting started, I’m going to try and book as many dates as possible over the next four months. Below is a list of all possible dates, please tell me if you are available for all, some, one or none of them. I’m sending this note to 40 + artists so the first to reply will get preference. When you do, I’ll reply asap with the details of your show.
Please tell me what you think of this endeavor, even if you can’t make it. Any advice or direction would also be a bonus.
Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org
All the best and welcome to the new year,
The dates are. January 9, 16, 23. February, 6, 13, 20 March 6, 13, 20 April 3, 10, 17
In the few hours since I’ve sent this out, I’ve had a number of response. The momentum and energy I spoke about in the last entry is being reciprocated and getting stronger.
Last night I didn’t decide on a wakeup time, that’s the first challenge. When I conquer that (tomorrow morning) I’ll know that my progress is on that way. I did start working as soon as I rose (interesting homonym) from sleep. It was with great joy that I tapped out that letter and sent it to a number of musicians, I’ll have to dig further to find more musicians.
The fear of school work lingers, rising early will most likely have a beneficial effect. This experiment is about vanquishing the personal fear that binds us. Although that’s not the only part of my reluctance; for some years I’ve attempted to make every act a spiritually positive one. This results in things like treating all people well (regardless if they deserve it) while not being judgmental, using items and food that have been discarded, creating as little waste as possible and especially taking the time to understand the unique skills that I posses and using them to bring joy into the universe. But this is an experiment that will only be lasting until the spring. I shall detach my personal emotions surrounding that era of concern and just get’er done, come hell or high water.
One thing that I learned in the structureless experiment, what that societal interaction can be a fun thing, as long as it’s on positive terms. It’s about not being weighed down by this destructively consumptive society, but using it’s power and capacity to advance notions of empathy, community, self actualization and harmony within that society and the universe. In my view the world is becoming a better place, simply because I’m doing everything in my power to make it so.