The Three Keys To Achieving Massive Music Career Success

1. Having The Right Mindset And Working On It Daily To Make It Stronger

It’s nearly impossible to build a successful music career when your mindset consists of pessimism, negativity and disempowering thoughts. This is a massive reason why most musicians never take the right actions to grow their careers.

Developing a success-oriented mindset is crucial for sustaining a long-term career in music. This mindset focuses on self-empowerment, asking high value questions, not giving up in the face of external challenges (outside of your control) and many other aspects. However, it’s not enough to simply work on this once. You must actively work on your mindset every day. Take the time to think about solutions to the challenges that stand in front of your musical goals once per day. Then look for pro-active and empowering ways to move your music career forward while avoiding negative thoughts that hold you back.

2. Knowing The Right Things To Do (And The Wrong Things/Mistakes To Avoid)

Don’t fall into the same trap as most musicians: trying to build your music career on your own based off of conventional wisdom and unproven industry advice. This prevents you from doing the right things to move your music career forward quickly and effectively.

Learn the right things to do by working together with a mentor who has already helped countless others achieved the same musical goals you have. This ensures that you take actions that are relevant to your specific musical goals so you don’t end up on the wrong path.

3. Being Persistent In Implementing The Things That Lead To Success

Achieving great success in your music career requires implementing that which you know leads to results. Most amateur musicians never think about what to do to reach their specific goals, and the ones who do often fail to implement what they know.

Make your music career different by taking action every day to get closer to your goals. All it takes is a short period of time to create this habit, and when you do it, your musical dreams become just within your reach in no time.

Folk Pioneer Delivers Real Early Christmas Present For Music Fans

Christmas arrived exactly eleven months early this year, or it could be a bonus from the noel that just passed four weeks before. Whichever way you look at it, the gift that was presented on January 25 was quite welcome.

Much revered folk singer John Gorka delivered a brand new studio album on that date, his first record in over three years. His rich baritone and his intelligent songwriting will serve to warm up his fans for the rest of the winter.

The new disc, which is titled True In Time, could be his finest collection of songs since Old Futures Gone from 2001. It has Gorka’s characteristic blend of humorous observations, heart-wrenching ballads, and nostalgic imagery throughout over a dozen songs.

Among the most humorous is “The Body Parts Medley”, which includes wordplay on physical features from the toes to the feet to the calves. His list ends, appropriately, with the rear end.

After referring to his caboose as a burrito and a beer butt, Gorka then applies that feature of the body as a metaphor for people.

“Some butts get lost in poker games, some butts end up in slings,” he quips. “Some butts become Presidents who wish that they were kings.”

While such political statements are not typical of Gorka’s songs, True In Time certainly includes plenty of themes characteristic of his thirty year career. One of those, tributes to past performers ranging from B.B. King to Judy Garland to Elvis Presley, can be found in several of the selections on the new album.

“Pearl and Iris” pays homage to all of the unknown folks in the music world, people who influenced Bill Monroe, Lester and Earl, A.P. Carter, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan. Other noteworthy performers, Charley Patton and Robert Johnson, are mentioned in “Blues with a Rising Sun.”

It was an old song which Gorka used for the chorus of “Tattooed”, a lyrical description of prolonged uneasiness. The old standard has been around forever, its most well known versions by Woody Guthrie and the Kingston Trio.

“Worried Man Blues is the song that comes to mind,” Gorka song in the refrain.

Of course, no Gorka album would be complete without tunes about love, both consummated as well as unrequited. The latter comes with a Mennonite girl and again in “Fallen For You”, while the former serves as the basis for ” Crowded Heart.”

Joining Gorka are some of his favorite peers from the folk music scene, such as Eliza Gilkyson and Lucy Kaplansky, two women who have provided gorgeous harmonies since his early days in the Eighties. Jonatha Brooke and Kathleen Johnson also make appearances, giving fans even more reasons to appreciate this early (or slightly belated) Christmas surprise.