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The Truth About Music…

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As a “Starving Artist” unsigned, writing every song/word/piece of music from the heart, getting paid very minuscule amounts of money and pushing hard to chase my dream and my passion i must admit that the state of music industry for an “indie” artist has become better in some ways and WORSE in others.

Nowadays instead of a booked gig, with share of the door or the beer sales its now “Open Mic Nights” where you’re lucky if you even get a beer or a thank you for performing, Although as a way to guilt you they say “It’s great exposure”…. like that’s the reward for hours of practice, warm ups, exercises, the constant feel of not being good enough or worry if your stuff has a place in the music world or whether it’s released at the right time, was it promoted too much? or not enough?

Music is now free to stream, people still torrent/bootleg/download, Get it anyway they can than to pay for it, and it makes things very difficult to reinvest and build and create more content for the people who do actually support the artist or music.

Now other than me not revealing my name i have and always will be as honest as i can be on this blog, and i must tell you, i have music on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer, Shazam, YouTube etc, all these major platforms and they are NOT looking after the artists. We get paid as little as $0.0001 per stream and in some cases more and some LESS!!! – So when you do stream a song and look for new artists just remember that for us to have a career, to be able to do this for a living you need MILLIONS of plays, It feels and sounds almost impossible at times. The main positive about the online streaming is that your music reaches places you could not imagine, America, Norway, Australia, Russia, Japan, Brazil etc etc, all these countries whether its 1 listener or 100’s it all makes a HUGE difference and i check almost everyday just to see where people tune in from and hear it because it fascinated me. The solution isn’t with the people who enjoy streaming and supporting their artists unfortunately, a lot of it is down to these companies to help up and coming artists be seen and heard. They now tell artists that they NEED to be added to peoples playlists to gain more exposure yet you can’t submit your music to them. The worst part is this is just a fraction of worries for people who write songs and sing etc let alone having a big label behind them funding it all and telling them to basically be robots and do as they are told and thus why a lot of modern day artists have less and less control signing 360 deals (a deal that basically lets the label take a chunk of merchandise, ticket sales, album sales etc).

I am currently in the process of working on my first ever studio album and i am so excited, all i want to do is make great music and leave something behind, it sounds bizarre but one day i could not be on this earth and people can say, these 10/12 songs are his heart, how he sees the world and life and love etc, and i think its an amazing thing to have in the world, it must be like when an artist has spent so long on a painting and its finally finished and there for the world to enjoy.

So i encourage you music lovers to support those local bands, the singer songwriters stood up there with guitars and sweaty palms hoping someone will smile at their song or feel something from it, respect and appreciate how hard at times it can be to perform and have all these things going on behind the scenes. A simple post like, a retweet, a share is SO IMPORTANT because i was always told if you like something you may tell 10 people and they may tell another 10 and so on and thats how things grow.

If you’ve read all this i thank you for visiting my blog and i hope it gives you a little insight to music in a different light.

Your friend,

GS xo

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I just need a minute of your time…

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So recently i have just come back from holiday in Spain and as holidays do they help you reflect on everything and its made me realise that as a 25 year old single male who’s working a normal Monday – Friday 08:30/5:00pm job that there is so much of my life that i am frustrated about.

I’m frustrated because i feel stuck in a job that i HATE to pay rent for a house thats not mine, to not really have many true friends, no girlfriend, stuck in a small town with small town mentality and i know that myself and others around me are BIGGER and BETTER than this, and this got me thinking about everything and even you fellow bloggers out there…..

Am i normal for feeling like this and thinking like this? is it bad that i want MORE from life that i am getting? because IF i could (not saying i would) but if i could i would pack my stuff and head for the city/London and just pursuit my dreams of doing music and being in the music industry…Now some of you will say “Well why don’t you just do it?” and thats a great question but I’m always told that we need to make sure we are set here first and i agree but i feel like I’m going to burst sometimes and do something irrational (like i keep dreaming about walking out of my job and giving them a swift and polite F YOU out of the door).

So as i write this, i would love to hear your advice and if any of you have made the big jump and moved somewhere different or far away? or what your thoughts on it are? and if you are reading this feeling the same i ENCOURAGE you to be confident and brave, to not accept leading a normal life and be GREAT, be BOLD and DIFFERENT!, YOU MUST NOT ACCEPT A JOB PURELY FOR THE MONEY YOU MUST LIKE THE JOB!!!!!, You MUST be around people who want you to win and do well!, You must really tune into your surroundings and ask yourself uncomfortable questions sometimes.., See  i want to leave a positive mark on the world and be positive, bring happiness to others and really make a difference and live COMFORTABLY, i want to build something i am proud of and pass on what I’ve learnt and all the mistakes I’ve made that i wish my parents and loved ones would have told me to be careful of etc, But i want you to feel inspired and encouraged by this….i want you to really look deep inside yourself and find your purpose and passion.

Find something you love and that you’re passionate about, find a way to make it into a CAREER for you, take photos, write poems and music, film that video or youtube channel you’ve always wanted, start a fashion line, write a blog, build a business, join that dance class, do that marathon, don’t discourage ANYONE, Be the reason someone wakes up and smiles on a morning, give someone a hug who needs one, tell someone their great, create the life YOU want to live, be the best at whatever it is you love to do. I believe in you and i know we all have greatness within us and i don’t want ANYONE older, younger or the same age to feel the way i feel because its shit and we ALL deserve GREATNESS.

Please Like and Repost this, Tag a friend, Post it on social medias and get it to anyone who needs to read this…

Your Friend Always,

GS xo

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Things That I LOVE About Women…

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So this is MY list of things that i love about women, a collection from things that i love (obviously) and things from my relationship with  Scarlett aswell and i felt that i should write something like this so you all know how amazing women you are and that there are men who appreciate and love all these things (no matter how big or small they seem!)

I hope i inspire people to write their own lists…. if you do please let me know and if you like what I’ve written please like and even reblog it! i hope to reach as many people as i can. So here goes…

I Love…

  • The way you smile when someone tells you you’re beautiful (even though for some CRAZY reason you don’t believe them)
  • Your hair
  • How it sometimes takes you forever to get ready (i actually used to enjoy watching my ex get ready)
  • How when you leave the house i find 295372719495 hair clips all over the house
  • Your Eyes!!!!
  • Your smile
  • How proud/the face you made when i was playing soccer/football (because you knew how good i was and how much i tried when you was there)
  • How much you laughed when i nearly made your whole family throw up playing sports with them because of how quietly competitive i was
  • The way you told me that i will be a great man and a great husband and father one day
  • How all the doubts about life you took away with just one look
  • How amazing you were/are around children
  • How your hands are always warmer than mine
  • The way you get excited on a date night
  • Your smell/perfume
  • How much family matters to you
  • How much you listen and pay attention to something even if you don’t really like it or care about it (like my favourite sports or music etc)
  • How you enjoy your food and get me trying more foods!
  • Your sense of humour
  • Your strong and warm heart
  • How beautiful you are with no makeup
  • How affectionate and how close you like being
  • The way you smile after we kiss
  • The way you nag (in a good way) when i need to do something important like go to the doctors etc
  • How you share your life with me and appreciate the life i share with you
  • How you talk in your sleep
  • Your sneeze (yes i said that!)
  • When you bite your lip
  • When your hair is in a ponytail or pigtails
  • When you wear my clothes
  • How you put others before you
  • How cute you can be when you’re jealous (see the next point!!)
  • How you would kiss me after reassuring you that i only had eyes for you
  • How AMAZING you look in a dress
  • Spooning!! Big spoon or little i don’t care 😛
  • The look on your face when i would surprise you at work
  • The way you say “I Love You
  • The face you make when i tell you that “I Love You
  • Your hugs and kisses
  • Your body
  • How you lay on my chest and wrap your leg around me
  • How you react when i tickle your back
  • How goofy and funny you can be
  • All the TV shows you love (Friends, One Tree Hill Etc)
  • Your sweet tooth and how much you loved me bringing you chocolate!
  • All the songs we share!
  • All the times we’ve laughed and cried together
  • How you buy us men something (even if its big or small) just to let us know that you’re thinking of us and care
  • When you play video games with us
  • How you make life exciting when you’re around
  • How you have 132434657434548 Dresses/Clothes/Shoes but still cant decide what to wear 😛
  • The way you’d sit on my knee
  • When you’d fall asleep on me in the cinema
  • The way you hold my hand
  • When you rest your head on my shoulder
  • When you know how I’m feeling or what I’m thinking even when i try to hide it (wether it be because I’m feeling down or sad etc)
  • How you make me want to do everything better
  • How you make me a better man
  • Having really vulnerable and intimate conversations about life and love and thoughts and feelings etc
  • The way you look when you run
  • Your sense of style and the clothes you wear
  • How you love to shop for me and pick out clothes and stuff for me
  • Kisses in the rain!
  • Always being by my side at social gatherings and sitting with me when I’m somewhere i find really awkward (like your rich auntie and uncles massive family party)
  • All the amazing and sweet text messages and phone calls throughout the day
  • The neck/collarbone area!
  • Your ears and how cute and small they are
  • How soft your skin is
  • When you’ve just come out of the shower and you’re wearing a towel
  • When you laugh at my jokes when they’re not funny
  • Flirting, how it can go from 0-100 real quick
  • Eye contact from far away and the smile that you make when you’re happy to see me
  • Your sexy phone voice
  • How you ALWAYS used to play with your belly button
  • How you used to have SO MANY different smiles, like smiles when you were thinking of something that made you happy or the smile you used to do when only looking at me, the fake smile when you were sad but wanted to hide it, i could list more!
  • How you always used to say you were cold so you could take one of my jackets or jumpers and i would never get it back 😛
  • All the car trips and laughs in the car singing to our favourite songs
  • All your cute hidden talents
  • How unintentionally and intentionally sexy you are
  • How you look in your underwear
  • How much you love kisses on your neck and collarbone
  • How you would get excited talking about the future (usually about having a nice cottage somewhere and being married with a mini me running around the house!)
  • How EVERYTHING made you emotional or how you found everything cute
  • Our favourite spot/hiding place
  • How much you loved that i could tell when we were texting when you was tired (literally freaked her out haha)

I’m sure I’ve missed so many more things out aswell but i feel that most men don’t appreciate or show appreciation for the little things that makes you YOU, and you may have been burnt or hurt in the past or scared to love again but never give up, just because you had 1 bad experience (or a few sometimes), i do believe there is someone out there for everyone but you have to keep being yourself, stay classy, keep your standards high and there will be guys who will be willing to walk 1000 miles for you.

Your Friend Always,

GS xo

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Purpose…

Well my weekend is over, back to work tomorrow…wishing and hoping for things to change, for work to actually improve and for things to get better and have that feeling of moving forward but sometimes i need to take a step back and really look at things.

I can’t go into details but i can honestly say I’ve seen and I’ve been through some shit, some dark dark places and times in my life but looking back from where i am today, in this very moment I’ve moved forward. Ive had ZERO confidence/self esteem, I’ve had NO money I’ve dealt with a lot of difficult personal demons where at times I’ve punished myself for things that have happened to me or around me.

The beauty of life is the comeback, and the realisation of a purpose. A purpose of knowing where you’re going, what you dream and desire, of you what you truly want in life wether its money a new job your favourite music album or a family with children etc, we all have a dream and we all have shit days and have amazing days and its how you deal with all of it. Take time to truly appreciate all the obstacles you go through and also take a moment not to be so harsh on yourself…Don’t be thinking NEW YEAR NEW ME, start today! take control of your surroundings and be sure to invest time and money into YOURSELF.

If you want to do something GO DO IT!, who cares what other people think?, be unique and stand out from the crowd.

I may be rambling on but I’m just getting off my chest what I’m thinking and if it helps someone or you can resonate with it the please reblog it or comment! i love knowing what you all think and what you experience. Its comforting to know theres good people out there and that we all understand from every and any point of view.

FIND YOUR PURPOSE.

Your Friend Always,

G.S x

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Random Acts Of Kindness…

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Do you know what’s really resonated with me recently?, how big a small gesture can be, how one smile or positive thought or something can really change your day/mood and even life.

I think it’s so important that people take a stand and try to become more of a positive figure not just in their friends and families lives but also in the world.

I watched a YouTube video about a cancer survivor who had struggled with the hardships of the therapy and treatment and she received alot of cards from people and strangers to show that she was loved, comforted and valued and many other lovely kind and sweet things and through that when she was cleared she began to give out cards to other cancer patients and people who were struggling to show people cared, to show people had been there before and came through it and its made a HUGE impact on people’s lives!!

We take life and everything for granted and we really do, people make it out that its hard to take the time to really show gratitude to people, sometimes we even make excuses about not having time to tell a loved on that they’re loved or something positive towards them….

But my challenge to you friends and followers is to smile at someone random, show them you have a warm heart and also try to do ONE GOOD DEED for anyone can be family friend or stranger and PAY IT FORWARD, I believe every small step is better than none and you don’t know what people are going through…like I said you could change their day mood and even life!

Be positive, be happy, count your blessings tell me what you’re greatful for in the comment section and spread the love, follow each other and support each others blogs! Please repost and like and spread this around!

Thank you for reading and I love you all always!

Keep smiling

Your Friend

G.S x

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The Simple Things…

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I’ve just watched a film, called Begin again, and it was absolutely fantastic I won’t spoil it or tell you the story but its made me reflect and count my blessings, I absolutely love music I’m so greatful because my music and playlists say more about who and what I am than anything I do in life, and it something I am so greatful for, music I universal I love to sing and even write my own songs but most importantly I love other artists and music from the past and present.

Music is something that makes life worth living for, it’s infectious wether it’s a gig or a newly released album to and old LP, I think what would life be without music?

I encourage you followers and friends to get out your favourite artists and music and blast it out from time to time, dance and sing along to your favourite songs and enjoy it for what it is, I know for sure that when I do it it makes me feel alive, determined and rich in life.

Tell me some of your favourite artists and songs or even link me them! I want to know what’s out there and what you’re all about 🙂

Until next time keep smiling and love always,

Your friend,

G.S

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New Job Adventure and Advice….

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I’m currently seeking a new job, fresh start, more money, new company to represent and work for, to finally be in a suit and not in a uniform! Which will help me pay for all the things I require in my hobbies and music and also go towards all the things I’ve wanted in respects of travelling and dressing nicer etc.

Looking for a job is easier when you have a job, it’s important that you try your best to search/have something in mind, Be patient, make sure that your CV or Resume is 10000000% and you also have a cover letter, network the best you can with employers and recruitment consultants and just get out there

OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND!!!

Be realistic and slowly work yourself up the ladder and apply for LOTS because you will be rejected more than accepted so be prepared for that 🙂

Be positive!!! If you hate the job you’re in right now be blessed that you have a job, think back to where you were a few years ago to where you are now, small baby steps towards a better place for yourself.

Know your worth also, don’t be too “specific” but don’t also degrade yourself you’re better than what you think you are!

Wish me luck guys, I create my own luck but knowing that there’s positive people out there routing for you goes a long way

Keep smiling, Keep Seeing the light in the dark and I love you all… I will let you know if I hear anything

Chase Your Dream and find your passion.

Your Friend Always,

G.S x

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