Life Lessons....

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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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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OMG MUST READ!!!!!!

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Hey ladies and gentleman! I have now JOINED TWITTER

So that I can interact with you all and connect with you on there, answer your questions, keep the conversations going and keep in touch with all you beautiful people out there that follow me on here! So please join me also on there too

@GentlemanSparks , say hello, show some love and I follow EVERYONE BACK!,

Be inspired, be creative and I look forward to talking to some of you on there!

Please help this post reach out to people who seek a friend an ear a shoulder to cry on or to have their question answered please please click LIKE AND REBLOG!

Thank You and big shoutout to all the beautiful ladies who follow my posts!!!

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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Life at 100!

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e all have had those darkest of days, from no food to no money, needing new clothes or losing your car and even job (or a loved one family, friend, lover) but ive learnt especially over the past few days is how life really MATTERS, every second matters, every part of your day, to your walk, your smile, your conversations with people and how you react to the days darkness and bad news, YOU  control your life, your wants and desires and your destiny, it is YOUR responsibility to fulfill it. The world owes you NOTHING, in this life it is great to be unique and original, free in your own heart and mind of who you are supposed to be, and i truly believe we all should try harder at living life to its full potential! (especially me).

Dare to dream and make plans, go travel the world because there’s so many beautiful places and people out there that you’d never imagined seeing or meeting, so go out there and get it, what are you waiting for?…. TOMORROW? what if you’re not guaranteed tomorrow?… tell me what would you do? who would you visit and spend time with and thank? just take a moment to realise that you are not this young again, you wont get a second chance in many things and now is the time to do all you dared to dream of. If you’re unhappy with your job CHANGE IT! be brave out there in the big world and go find HAPPINESS!!! its not something we possess but its something we pursuit!, its something we feel and breathe! we ALL deserve our chunk of happiness no matter what makes us happy!

I want to make people believe in things again and in life, you get thrown some horrible curve balls and horrific things and your body mind and soul go through hell and back but it makes you stronger, it makes you wiser and it makes you better!

BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOU EVERY DAY!
be kind, smile at strangers, offer advice, LISTEN and help one another!, there’s no greater feeling.

Tell me followers and friends what makes YOU happy? and what inspires YOU?

Comment below and let me know.

Dare to dream, believe and love yourself, be kind and find happiness.

Your Friend,

G.S

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