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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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Stronger….

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Just want to thank you to all my followers and friends of WordPress for making me stronger, for having the patience, the love, the comments all the views and the likes of my posts! I’m glad you enjoyed them! At 4000 and 5000 I’m going to do 2 posts that will be a little Q&A and Facts you want to know about me ! So start leaving your questions or things you want to know in the comments and Email me! GentlemanSparks@Gmail.com …

Stay Strong

Love Always

G.S x

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The Liebster Blog Award

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Well this is going to take some time!  but id like to thank AnnStVincent for nominating me for it!, your blog is amazing so guys check it out!!!

 

Here are MY answers to your questions :).

  1. Why did you start your blog? I started it because my brother suggested doing one and seeing what i would be like writing posts etc, so i thought why the heck not!
  2. Does your Mom read your blog or know it even exists?  HELLLLLLLL NO….
  3. What one thing scares you, and why?   Knowing that one day i wont have many of the people i love around me and being scared of growing up on my own
  4. Do you have “one who got away”?  If so, who is it?    I have……Scarlett ….. as known in the previous posts!
  5. What is your most cherished childhood memory?   Spending time with my mother and brother mainly, he is my best friend and we have literally grown up together more than most brothers do thats why we are so close, weve been through hell and back together
  6. Are you doing what you thought you would do with your life?   Not really, i didnt really dream or plan anything when i was younger…..its kinda why my future is so unclear
  7. What motivates you?   All the things that have hurt me, the people walking out of my life and the ones who told me i couldnt.
  8. What’s #1 on your life “to-do” list?   It used to be have a family and get married romantically, now its to have as little regrets as possible.
  9. Do you have a talent that might surprise your readers?   i dont know if its a surprise? but im an Actor, Singer and Songwriter.
  10. What song makes you the happiest?  My whole playlist!
  11. And in honor of the man who nominated me: who is your favorite muppet, and why?   Kermit….because hes badass!

11 Random Things About Me:

  1. Most of my blog posts are SONG TITLES of my favourite songs or songs i deem relevant!
  2. I was almost professional at soccer/football
  3. I scratch my head in my sleep
  4. I have a twin.
  5. I once was in a choir
  6. People say im a chameleon and can blend in most social situations etc
  7. i never use the word bored to explain how im feeling!
  8. I once waited 3 hours for an ex girlfriend in the dating phase because she was late for our date
  9. Ive never been to a strip club
  10. I listen to music ALL THE TIME!!!!
  11. My favourite movie is the notebook!

Blogs I’m Nominating:

  1. Carissa’s World
  2. Amy Pinkrose
  3. missalyreid
  4. Disordered Self
  5. Midnight Eagle

My Questions for the Nominees:

  1. What is your favourite colour?
  2. If you could live 1 year back from the past what would you choose?
  3. Whats the best advice youve recieved?
  4. What would you tell your younger self if you could ?
  5. Favourite song?
  6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  7. Whats are you talented at?
  8. How many times have you been in love?
  9. Do you believe in love at first sight?
  10. Describe GentlemanSparks in 5 words?
  11. How would you describe your personality?

For future Liebster Award recipients, here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  • Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  • Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  • List these rules in your post. Once you have written and published it, you then have to inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

 

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Don’t Wanna Be That Man…

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I wanted to write something positive and inspiring at this moment in time, it’s weird how sometimes I can hear my heart speak to me, I can get an Idea for writing things and saying and doing things in my life, my brother has always instilled in me to trust my gut and follow my heart (with my head closely following)

You see, life throws us all curveballs, my brothers is him struggling to find a job that he loves and for his future to be made in stone and mine is Scarlett, we all have out struggles and battles, some we feel that we can’t and may never get over or through but YOU control your thoughts and your heart.

We all take so much for granted and we don’t appreciate the things we truly have, the clothes on our back, the food that we can eat, the loved ones in our lives and so on. I want you to take a moment about the people and things you truly love in your life (I know there’s people who you’re thinking of) and do me a favour, take a moment out of your day to show your appreciation and love for who they are and what they do in your life.

You will see that POSITIVE ATTRACTS POSITIVE!, do good things and be a good person!, it helps and karma comes around to bad people, so believe and love in yourself, give yourself time to do all you hoped and dreamed to do, take risks and chances and love and support those around you!, everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

We all need help, love, a hug, a compliment sometimes…..pick out people’s strengths not weaknesses, love is universal.

Keep Smiling and Stay Blessed.

Your Friend,

G.S

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KISSING ADVICE/Your First Kiss

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Ah good memories!….., this Is dedicated to someone who searched for kissing advice on my blog but seeing as I haven’t posted about it I’ve decided to and share my experiences!

Do you remember the first time you kissed?, nervous, worried you’d be bad at it, thinking and thinking about it before even going in for the kill! Well here’s a few pointers that I’ve found helpful and I’ll share a few stories too! (also if you get to the end of the blog there’s a YouTube video with the best MOVIE KISSES!)

MY FIRST KISS!

I remember it so clearly!, I was outside a pub I used to go to when I was 14/15 (classy right?), but I wasn’t intoxicated or anything stupid and I randomly went outside to make sure 2 ladies got their taxi home, who were my friends (one was an ex I went out with for 3 weeks in high school) and the girl who was my ex kissed my cheek, I was shocked and she didn’t know why, I told her I’d never had anyone kiss me before (I meant on the cheek) and she asked me if I wanted a real one, by the time I could think, there we was kissing, like every girl does she told me I was a good kisser (and I do take pride in thinking I am) and it was amazing, I never felt so happy and you have all them silly emotions for that short period of time and then when it’s happened you feel calm and relaxed, it’s a great feeling.

Kissing My First Love

Now I’ve had 2 loves in my life one who’s name I’ve not mentioned before who I LOVED (she was my first love and first intimate partner) and there’s My TRUE LOVE (Scarlett)

When you kiss someone who isn’t just your girlfriend, but your life partner in your head, the intimacy the fireworks, the kisses that make you feel like you’re going to faint the passionate kisses, the kisses before during and after making love they’re all special and unique, and I’m blessed that I’ve had all these kinda of kisses from a few amazing ladies and one in perticular, and I’m mentioning them all because I’ve not had what I think is a “bad kiss”, no overly wet lips, no seriously aggressive biting no teeth knocking, not too much tongue (okay I’ll stop now) but you get my drift, my memories are of kisses I will take to my grave with me!

So if it’s your first kiss or you’re kissing the love of your life, do is as if it’s the last kiss you’ll ever do on the planet!, do it like they do on the movies when they’re so madly in love and they miss one another or they’re never going to see each other again! Put your hand on her face, pull her in by the waist and kiss her like your life depends on it!!! BE PASSIONATE!! I remember the last kiss I ever gave someone, it was Scarlett and I kissed her that passionately she used to have her eyes closed AFTER THE KISS for god knows how many seconds, she used to smile and taste her lips and say I wish you didn’t kiss me like that because she knew that time was running thin between us both. I do miss those times and kisses!

So for those who are seeking advice, be passionate, don’t be afraid to study how people kiss on movies etc and when your time comes be confident and don’t worry ENJOY THE MOMENT, it’s a beautiful and powerful thing.

If you like what you read or want to share any kissing stories be it your first last or any other memory leave a comment and be sure to click like!

Your Friend

G.S 🌹😘

 

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A Kiss From A Rose (Advice For Ladies)

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his post is going out and dedicated to all of the beautiful ladies who follow and comment and like my posts, i know some of you are independent and can hold your own but i wanted to kinda guide you into maybe little ways of finding your gentleman, finding happiness and improving your life in the ways we all should!

1. KNOW YOUR VALUE!

Youll probably read this and think what the hell is he talking about but im talking about the amount of guys who see you ladies OBJECTIVELY!!, Only looking at your lady lumps when youre talking or walking across the room! you all deserve a guy who VALUES you as a lady and as a human being a guy who is going to listen to you, buy you things to make you better when you arent feeling well, whose going to spend actual quality time with you, not just who is there for just sex and to leave you in a crying mess when he moves onto your best mate (not all guys do this and i know some ladies just dont mind having just sex with guys, i respect that) but ask yourself if you really know whos WORTH having you, physically, spiritually and mentally! It matters!, I wouldn’t let my sister or my daughter (if I had one) date someone who’s a complete douche.

2. Laughing Matters

Find somebody who will make you laugh when you don’t even feel like smiling, I know we all look for someone who’s beaming with attractiveness on the outside but what’s on the inside, the heart and mind are what intertwine you as people and that can last the test of time :).

3. Lower Standards

I don’t want you reading this and taking it so personally but a lot have too much of a check lists, some of the best people are diamonds in the rough and they’re the best kind, I don’t want perfect, I want my kind of perfect and imperfections are totally fine with me :), so they should be with you too! :), give people a chance, get to know them before you make a move, but also be cautious not to invest time in someone who doesn’t deserve your time.

4. Be Yourself!

Being yourself is perfect because your beautiful qualities will shine through and don’t worry, some things you find unattractive about yourself WILL APPEAL TO MEN!!!! I find the cute and quirky things about someone’s traits and personality what makes you ladies so unique!!!

5. MIND GAMES

MY ADVICE IS DONT PLAY MIND GAMES AND DONT ENTERTAIN THEM!

Enough said you will end up getting hurt or messing around someone who you might grow to like, if a guy likes you make him do the work! Make him make the effort with you.

6. Back To Basics

My last bit of advice is go back to basics in the respect of dating, courting, waiting and giving your potential partner or date or whatever title you want to call them time, dress classy and sexy and give it your best, it’s hard finding someone who’s a potential life partner due to so many things I will post about but maybe and hopefully this post might help some of you out there

Want any advice? Checkout my EMAIL ADDRESS on my header (GentlemanSparks@Gmail.com) an ill answer your questions or maybe I’ll do a Q&A post!, please like and reblog this post if you enjoyed it! Or leave me a comment if you agree or disagree

Your friend,
G.S

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