28th of June Blog update

dublinstreetartIt has been a week of sunshine and cloudy hot weather in Dublin. I managed to get a bit of tan on Tuesday afternoon while chatting about social media with Rory on the roof top of Melosity‘s office. We also had a great rehearsal with Brain and Barra, the set list is growing and sounding good. Now I’m writing this blog update in a hotel room in Germany, where I am playing two shows with Sliotar.

Last week I started a new feature in these weekly blog updates about what I learned during the week. And this week we continue where I left off.

What did I learn this week?

I learned how easily when pushed to corner, we narrow our perspective that we view a problem through. I had read about this in the past, in relation to company rewards. It turns out that money is not a great reward for good work. In fact you should try to eliminate the money from your reward process completely (the best way to do is to pay people good enough salary that they don’t need to worry about money in the first place) and instead offer recognition and freedom to work at their own pace. This has been proven over and over again to result in much better productivity and innovation 🙂 Always look at the bigger picture as well.

I also learned how great it feels to see others implementing your advice and seeing results out of it.

I learned how a little thing, like changing the direction you do your weekly walk, can refresh your mind and get your creative juices flowing.

I learned that a song that started as a difficult one to write can turn in to one of your better ones 🙂

And I leaned that who ever said planning holidays was as much fun as the holiday itself was lying 😀

That’s me, what about you? What did you learn this week?

And on to this weeks blog posts:

This weeks song Junk Yard Dog, I wrote for a good friends father. Read all about it here:

Junk Yard Dog

With the help of the Internet we can share our art easier than ever before. But with it we also got a lot more self-made critics. Read my thoughts on the subject here:

Self-made critics

On Monday I got accidentally reminded how good it is sometimes to take a different route:

Quick tip 121 Take a different route

This is something I feel quite strongly about. Everybody is so wrapped up in how to monetize art, that sometimes the art gets pushed aside:

Why do we struggle with the concept of no money?

As I mentioned we had a few Sunny days in Dublin this week. And sometimes you just need to make the best of them:

Quick tip 122 Sunny day

Letting go can be a hard thing to do, here’s my experiences of it:

The fear of letting go and the joy of being free

Concentrating on one thing at the time can be a lot more productive than multitasking:

Quick tip 123 Concentrate on one thing at a time

The middle man in the music business has had it good for a long while. Maybe it’s time to look into ways of avoiding them…

Validation of the middleman

Overnight stars often fade as fast as they are born. Concentrate on slow consistent growth:

Quick tip 124 Slow consistent growth

We can get wrapped up in doing the same thing over and over again. Sometimes it is good to change things up:

Quick tip 125 Change it up

Musicians career can be short-lived, but the songs can live forever:

The immortal life of a song

And that’s another week done 🙂 I’ll be back in Dublin Sunday night, so straight away on Monday morning I’ll be back writing, recording and blogging. Have a great Sunday!


The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE