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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The Proposal…

Lyrics:

If we can’t be happy, can we at least, pretend?
Even if you cannot love me, can you at least just tell me it?
Ain’t that what they all do anyway?, yeah, they kiss each other on the face
They call each other bae, when deep down inside all they feel is pain

So we might as well get married cause ya so sick of me already
You want me to leave already, so hard to believe already, already, already
We might as well get married cause we’re arguing already
You hate my guts already, fell outta love already, already, might as well get married, turn the lights on

Lets smile at each other, so we can please our friends
Cause we both know just how much you care bout impressing them
Cause ain’t that what couples do anyway?, they lie right in each others face
And they call each other bae, when deep down inside all they feel is pain

So we might as well get married cause ya so sick of me already
You want me to leave already, so hard to believe already, already, already
We might as well get married cause we’re arguing already
You hate my guts already, fell outta love already, already, might as well get married, turn the lights on

I buy you a house so you can kick me out
Take my ass to court and tell the judge what I’m ’bout
Don’t forget to tell the kids that they Daddy ain’t shit
Look at how he did ya Momma out there with that outta bitch

Cause we’re arguing already
Fell outta love already, already, might as well get married

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I’ll Show You…

Lyrics:
My life is a movie
And everyone’s watching
So let’s get to the good part
And passed all the non-sense

Sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing
When the pressures is coming down like lightening
It’s like they want me to be perfect
When they don’t even know that I’m hurting
Cause life’s not easy
I’m not made out of steel
Don’t forget that I’m human, don’t forget that I’m real
Act like you know me, but you never will
There’s one thing I know for sure

I’ll show you
I’ll show you
I’ll show you

I’ve got to learn things
Learn them the hard way
Got to see what it feels like
No matter what they say

Sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing
When the pressures is coming down like lightening
It’s like they want me to be perfect
When they don’t even know that I’m hurting
Cause life’s not easy
I’m not made out of steel
Don’t forget that I’m human, don’t forget that I’m real
Act like you know me, but you never will
There’s one thing I know for sure

I’ll show you
I’ll show you
I’ll show you

Cause life’s not easy
I’m not made out of steel
Don’t forget that I’m human, don’t forget that I’m real
Act like you know me, but you never will
There’s one thing I know for sure
I’ll show you

I’ll show you ……

GS x

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Holiday Blues… 

  

Well I’ve just returned from my holiday in a country in Europe and I’m very fortunate that my father owns an apartment there and the flights are cheap so I can travel there!, but spending 8 days there has been one hell of a holiday. 

From playing volleyball at 1am on the beach to long walks, drinks, meeting new people, singing in front of people to exploring new places, these 8 days have been so interesting and fun and now I’m back home, back to the small town mentality, back to the 9-5 KPI, target watching job that’s easy but unfulfilling.

This holiday has made me realise that you need to build a life so good that you don’t need to take a vacation from, or build a life at home that’s so good that when you are on vacation and you return that you aren’t dreading going back, instead you come back with a sense of purpose and ready to take on the world! 

Also I realised that being single for so long kinda made me wish I had someone to share the experience with and how I do miss being with someone but I know that you can’t rush love, you can’t rush things and meeting people. Everything takes time 🙂 

Go travel, see the world, see what’s out there, be brave and be bold, don’t be normal, normal sucks. Change your routine, change your mind and change your life. I’m still on the road to self discovery, to self fulfilment and towards my dream also. 

Just wanted to post and check in with you guys! 

Your Friend,

Gs 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

SONG – Simple Things Click This Link! 🙂

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Q&A THE QUESTIONS

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Okay ladies and gentlemen! so seeing as I am approaching milestones on my blog

2000 VIEWS AND 500 FOLLOWERS!

I have decided to do a Q&A, so you can get to know me a little bit!

The rules are there are no rules EXCEPT, I do not get asked what or who my identity is, and you can ask upto 5 questions 🙂 and I will answer them all on a separate post!

Simply post your questions here and make it interesting!, please reblog this post so other people can get involved I’m expecting plenty of questions from my faithfuls and hopefully new followers also!

Take care, Keep Smiling and Fire Away!

Your Friend,

G.S 🌹

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Music Saved My Life…

ImageThrough the good times and certainly the bad music has been a HUGE part of my life!, ive always been surrounded by music from my mother loving Motown to my dad listening to a lot of 80’s stuff pet shop boys etc! so i thought id let you guys get to know me more and share my favourite artists and albums that really got and get me through the hardships of life

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Ne-Yo – Nearly all of his songs but this album especially! (The Year Of The Gentleman)

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The man behind hits from Usher, Beyonce and many more RICO LOVE ! talented and an amazing songwriter! check him out!!!

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Up and coming writer singer rapper producer and has worked with some of R&B greats Kevin McCall Definitely deserves a mention be sure to check his work out!

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Wether its Acoustic, Live or Recorded noone in my opinion beats CRAIG DAVID vocally in the UK, one of the most underrated, unappreciated artists out there even his unreleased songs are amazing, what a talented talented and humble guy!

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Questionable for his actions away from music but no one can deny his talent, great songwriter and collaborator with so many other big artists, this album has been through hell and back with me and can relate to a lot of the songs, its a must listen for R&B lovers – CHRIS BROWN (Graffiti) 

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Double mention for the amazing group GOOD CHARLOTTE these 2 albums again got me through some of the hardest times of my life….. songs i can never get bored of!

ImageTOO MANY to mention but my love for country music is A LOT!, from Sheryl Crow to Jason Aldean allllllllll the way back to Willie Nelson, country has a lot of heart and is sung with conviction and always story telling, breakups and love can always be felt in this genre.

and FINALLY (Cue the haters….)

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You guessed it JUSTIN BIEBER, ive loved his music since he started in 2009 and i’m still a huge if not bigger fan of the kid now. IF you haven’t even tried giving his MUSIC the time of day then you are missing out, they’re worth a listen and a real evolution of the growth and change of a man from his idea of falling in love to being in love to breakups and hardships (Selena Gomez) are all poured out onto his albums, i cant wait for more music from him!, hate me if you choose but i admire the guy and how he treats people that the press never seem to publish!

Give them a listen and or if you like them already send me a comment and id love to hear what music has saved you or saved your life and why?

G.S

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