Life Lessons....

The Truth About Music…

logoshomepageblack

 

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

Standard
Life Lessons....

I just need a minute of your time…

12400603_744685688965507_1018669290947195377_n

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

Standard
Uncategorized

New Job Adventure and Advice….

20140820-010823.jpg

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

Standard
Uncategorized

Stronger….

20140810-155639.jpg

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

Standard
Uncategorized

The Liebster Blog Award

liebster

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!)

 

Standard
Life Lessons....

Life at 100!

Image
W
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

Standard
Uncategorized

5 Characters (From Games, Films and Television) that…….

Okay, so we all have characters people say we are like or would love to be in real life so heres my top and why enjoy!

in NO particular order!

1. BATMAN
Image

Known for his heroism, he also has mysteria about him and lives 2 different lives (rich man and vigilante) also seen differently by both friends and family of each realm as we can call it. Super cool, and who wouldn’t want to be kick ass?

2. JACK DAWSON (Titanic)

Image

One that my ex (in future posts we will call her Scarlett) said would describe me, a poor kid trying to live and keep up with the rich life of the girl of his dreams, jack is a great kid who would go above and beyond for this lady. One of the all time great love stories and a great character which Leo Di Caprio plays amazingly, i’m honoured to be classed and seen as similar tendencies when it comes to love especially.

3. Nathan (One Tree Hill)

Image

If you have ever seen One Tree Hill (I Recommend) then you’ll understand how amazing the show is. Another comparison by my ex (Scarlett) his relationship with Haley is how she imagined us to be and how i was with her and treated her in a lot of ways (mostly positive i think) he has a heart of gold and big dreams!

4. Aladdin 

Image

Now if you have NEVER seen this movie or know who this character is i may judge you, another comparison similar to Jack Dawson (Titanic) the poor boy who is a thief (with a good heart and intentions) whose wanting to become a prince to impress the girl of his dreams, who becomes a prince and finds out she loves the real Aladdin (aw isn’t it sweet?) another great person at heart who I’ve always wanted to play as a character in a pantomime etc ever since i was a child! has to be on my top 5.

5. Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII)

Image

One of the best games EVER created, the rich story line and game play is one of my all times loves as a child and as an adult! i can never get enough of the game and it should be in a “Things to do before you die” list in my opinion. Cloud has a troubled past, with memories mixed up from not knowing who he really was and replacing memories of that with another solider he has a love triangle (Tifa and Aeris/Aerith). He has a great heart, great spirit and dreams of one day becoming a real hero and to fight his arch enemy Sephiroth. He was another character that I’ve always wanted to be and he represents me in some ways with how he is as a person.

Who would yours be? and Why ? please comment and let me know if you’ve been compared to anyone!

G.S

Standard