Why is Nobody Listening to My Music?

Why is Nobody Listening to My Music?

Making great music takes a lot of effort. It also costs a lot of money.

But you’re passionate about what you do. You love making music. You can’t imagine doing anything else.

So you push ahead in spite of any difficulties that have come up – issues with band members, financial difficulties, stolen or broken instruments, and so on.

So when you put your music out into the world, you expect people to take notice. You imagine your fans listening to your music and liking it so much that they begin to share it with their friends.

You dream about your music spreading like wildfire. You see yourself getting reviews and write-ups in prominent magazines. You envision getting offers to perform at major festivals. You dream of fans lining up to buy your merch at every show you play.

But this isn’t an accurate depiction of reality, is it? If you’re reading this, what I just described probably isn’t what’s happening any time you put out a new release.

It’s important to have a great product – there’s no doubt about that. But as strange as it might sound, great music just isn’t enough.

In the world we’re now in, attention is the new currency. There’s a lot of noise out there, and unless you can rise above it, nobody is going to give you their attention.

Can’t Get People To Listen To Your Music? I’ve Been There…

I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my music career – I’ve experienced both the good and the bad.

And I tried a lot of different things, most of which didn’t work.

I would discover some new tactic online, get excited, try it out for a while, and nothing in my career would change.

I might be a slow learner, but I’m not dumb. I thought that if I just exerted enough effort, and if I kept trying, the gods of music would grant me my wish of fame and fortune.

Well, that didn’t happen. And if I just described the predicament you’re in, let me level with you – I don’t think it will happen for you either.

Have You Ever…

  • Put your best effort forward in promoting a show, only to have no one show up?
  • Put on the show of your life to a lukewarm reception?
  • Felt like no one ever cares about the things you post on your blog or social media?
  • Given away your album as a free download, and had no takers?
  • Dropped the price on your album during the holiday season and had no one buy it?

Yeah? Me too.

The good news is that you’re not alone.

The bad news is that you’re in a rut, and if you don’t do something about it, you won’t be able to climb out of it.

Does It Feel Like You’re Screaming Into The Void?

That’s because you probably are.

Whether you’ve noticed it or not, it’s very likely that you’ve gotten increasingly desperate with your communication.

This probably didn’t happen overnight, but as the days rolled by, you started to feel like the world was against you.

Here’s how it tends to manifest:

You may have started spamming your Twitter feed with blanket call to actions like “Buy our album, PLEASE!”

Or worse, you may have started complaining to your fans via email: “Guys, this is how we make our money. If you don’t support us by buying our album, we’re going to go broke trying to pursue our passion” (I’ve seen theses types of messages of Facebook by the way, and it’s not pretty).

Sound familiar?

I hope not, but I’ve noticed that even musicians that may not be that bad off say things like that.

And the problem is this: people smell desperation. They’re not going to support you if they can smell it on you.

If this is the best strategy you have for getting the attention of fans and future fans, you’re in serious trouble.

Why? It’s simple. Because if you can’t keep the fans that already love your music, you’ll have to keep making more fans to replace the old ones. It’s a vicious cycle!

But Let’s Get Back To The Core Of The Matter

You’re here because you’re having trouble getting people to listen to your music.

So let’s not worry too much about the people that aren’t buying, because if you can get into the ear buds of more listeners, sales will naturally follow.

Here’s a simple formula for sales (as suggested by Andrew Dubber) you should know about:

Hear + Like = Buy

If people hear your music, and they like it, they are more likely to buy it. It almost inevitably happens that way, because the days of people buying random CDs off of a shelf are over (CDs? CD stores? There are barely any left).

So you’re right in asking the original question, “Why is nobody listening to my music?”

It’s not an easy question to ask (or answer), so I have to commend you on your bravery.

But I’m not going to leave you hanging. I want to share with you an easy tactic that can instantly increase your listenership.

Create Fans By Building Personal Connections

I know what you’re thinking.

“Oh come on, how is that going to help?”

Or…

“That sounds really hard. I’m not a people person.”

No problem – just hear me out.

If you tweeted me today and said:

Hey, @davidawiebe [Band Name] Releases New Album: [Link]!

Sure, I might click on the link. Maybe I would even take a quick listen. If I was feeling particularly generous, I might even shoot you a quick response.

The chances of me becoming a fan are close to zilch though, because I might not even listen to your album in the first place.

I’ll be honest – I ignore most communication that isn’t personalized. I get a lot of junk mail from people wanting to do “business” with me. I’m sure you do too.

This is why blanketing a ton of email addresses with your latest press release won’t work.

If the message isn’t coming from someone I know, and it doesn’t express any kind of understanding about who I am or what I do, I move on. Life’s too short for impersonal email, man.

But what if you connected with me over the course of two or three tweets? Like this:

Hey, @davidawiebe I read your latest blog post on [Topic]. Good stuff!

Odds are very good I will actually respond to you. Brownie points if you retweet the “latest blog post on [Topic]”.

And then you say:

@davidawiebe I had a quick question about that post: [Question]?

Now I know you’re serious and engaged. Then you finish me off with a real zinger:

@davidawiebe you know your stuff. It would mean a lot to us if you could listen to our EP and offer your feedback. Can I send you the link?

You’ve demonstrated interest in what I do, you’ve helped me out by retweeting my post, and you’ve appealed to my ego. Do you really I think I would say “no” to you at this point?

At worst, you got someone to listen. At best, you just earned the attention of a new fan.

And even though I used myself in this example, this really has nothing to do with me. It has everything to do with your music and all of the influencers whose attention you wish you had.

Is this a fail-proof method? I’m afraid not – no such thing exists. Some people won’t respond to you, and some won’t give you the time of day.

But creating personal connections can and will make a huge difference in your music career. You’ll definitely get better results than just shouting from the rooftops. This principle applies to real-life situations too.

So Here’s The Deal…

If you apply what you’ve just learned, you will see some results.

But if you’re serious about people hearing your music, and you want to get more attention for it, then we’ve really just scratched the surface.

There’s so much more I want to share with you.

If you do nothing now, nothing will change. No one will hear your music, and you’ll continue to reek of desperation.

But, as difficult as it might be, if you start pushing for change, things will begin to turn in your favor, little by little. After all, insanity is doing the same things expecting different results. So start doing something different now, because if you’ve read this far, you’re clearly looking to get different results.

If you enjoyed what you read, go ahead and join the email list. I look forward to connecting with you.

013 – Career Update: September 2016

013 – Career Update: September 2016

What have I been up to since my last thrilling career update? Why was there a bit of an interruption in content creation during the summer? Where has all the old content gone? All this and much more in the latest episode of The New Music Industry Podcast.

Podcast Highlights:

  • 00:11 – Recording remotely
  • 00:23 – It’s been two months since my last career update and podcast episode
  • 00:33 – Make sure you’re visiting the new domain, davidandrewwiebe.com
  • 01:00 – What’s new since last time?
  • 01:02 – Publishing schedule and consolidating multiple sites
  • 02:28 – Turning The Music Entrepreneur into an online hub
  • 02:54 – I’ve started making videos
  • 03:40 – Monthly resources packs
  • 03:48 – What’s new with my original music
  • 03:51 – My August single, “Don’t Wait Too Long”
  • 04:34 – Single and content distribution
  • 05:20 – My September single, “Hope”
  • 05:48 – The seven different forms a song can take
  • 06:32 – I’m playing some solo shows again
  • 06:48 – The Listening Room YYC
  • 07:36 – Playing with Long Jon Lev and Adrenalize
  • 07:58 – Our performance at the John Dutton Theatre
  • 08:25 – Adrenalize is preparing for shows at movie theaters
  • 08:47 – What’s new with the podcast
  • 09:04 – How I’m re-purposing content
  • 09:35 – How my books are doing
  • 09:39 – What’s been happening with The New Music Industry book
  • 11:22 – I’ve been discovering more book promotion services
  • 12:10 – My new book, Flashes of Elation
  • 12:55 – What I’m learning right now
  • 13:20 – The Blockchain
  • 13:42 – Sales
  • 15:09 – What’s next for The Music Entrepreneur

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  • Every single song you record could take six or seven different forms. – Tweet This
  • The Blockchain is a financial transaction platform some see as the cure-all for the music industry. – Tweet This

Transcription:

As I sit down to record this podcast episode, I’m at an undisclosed location just outside of Calgary. I’ll be here for two weeks, looking after my folks’ home as well as their mini poodle.

It’s been two months since my last career update, and there is a good reason for that.

It’s also been about two months since my last podcast episode, and for very similar reasons.

If you’ve found your way over to davidandrewwiebe.com and not dawcast.com or musicentrepreneurbook.com – both of which now forward over to the new site – then you already know that there have been several new blog posts, videos, and other developments at the new domain. But in case you’re out of the loop, or if you had assumed I dropped off the face of the planet, I thought you should know where to find the latest and greatest.

For this episode of the podcast and my latest career update, why don’t we start off with…

What’s new since last time?

So you might be wondering why updates were kind of patchy during the summer. I’ve gotten myself back on a regular publishing schedule in the last two or three weeks, but prior to that, there was a bit of a dry spell.

If you saw my notice on dawcast.com, then you already know that I’ve been working on consolidating several sites. The podcast was over at musicentrepreneurbook.com. The blog content was on dawcast.com. I also had some things to move over from necktiemusician.com. The time had finally come to simplify and unify.

I wouldn’t say that this consolidation process is complete, but there’s no point in boring you with the agonizing details of updating broken links, adding in missing images, reworking the site’s design, and so on. I’m not even done with all of that, but I am moving forward with new content and new projects regardless.

All you really need to know is that you can now find everything at davidandrewwiebe.com. But you should also know that I’ve removed some of the content from the archives. This is all part of the process I’m going through, in an effort to keep the quality of the content high, and remove anything that’s outdated or irrelevant.

For example, you will no longer be able to find the old podcast episodes from DAWCast: Music Entrepreneurship on the site. But don’t worry – I am planning on bundling it all up and making it a convenient download, so hang in there if you were a big fan of the old show.

On another note, work has also started on turning The Music Entrepreneur into an online hub for musicians. I’m doing my research and asking musicians just like you what you would expect from a site like mine if it were to be a hub you’d regularly visit and use in your ongoing music career needs. If you’d like to help out, or if you have any thoughts, please send me an email to: david@dawcast.com.

Another new item on the site is video. A great example of this is a post called How to Boost Your Post on Facebook for Musicians. You’ll be able to find the link in the show notes.

In addition to ScreenFlow or Camtasia style presentations, I’ve also purchased additional gear to be able to do vlog or talking head style videos. A lot of people have been telling me that I should get into video, so moving forward, you can expect to see more video content on the site.

You’ll also be glad to know that every podcast episode and video is also a blog post, and every blog post is packed with charts and images, so there will always be lots for you to read, listen to, view, and watch at TME, and you’ll be able to consume the content in any way you like.

Finally, I’m going to be putting together monthly resource packs for TME, and the first one is due out towards the beginning of October.

Now let’s talk about what’s new with my original music.

I haven’t really had the opportunity to talk about my August single yet, so let’s start there. In my last career update, I shared a little bit about “City Lights”, which has been getting some good exposure.

Since then, I’ve released “Don’t Wait Too Long”, my first single to have any vocals on it. So far, it doesn’t seem to be resonating with people the same way “City Lights” has been, but I still see it as an important accomplishment in my music career.

For a lack of a better way of describing it, it’s an 80s power pop tune, complete with synths, a drum machine, and of course, guitar. There’s also a bit of a synth vs. guitar dual in the solo section that takes the song to a bit of a different place. It’s kind of progressive that way.

As with “City Lights”, I’ve been focusing on the distribution of the single as opposed to just the promotion side of it, but my process is starting to get fine-tuned, and this also plays into how I’ve started syndicating and distributing my blog posts, podcast episodes, and videos as well. This system is something I will have to share more about in the future. Before I share that with you, I want to take some time to track and measure its overall effectiveness.

But whether it’s making an announcement about your new release, or updating your discography page, I’m sure you have these basics covered already. If not, something you should be creating a release checklist for so you don’t forget. You have to get the fundamentals down before you can move into more advanced promotional strategies.

By the time this post goes live, my September single, “Hope”, will also be out. “Hope” is a straight up EDM-inspired pop tune, at least compared to anything else I’ve released to date. I hope you’ll take the time to have a listen to it.

As with “City Lights”, “Hope” is an entirely new song that I wrote this year. I still have a huge number of songs in my archives that need to be – and deserve to be – recorded, but I had fun working on something new this time around because I immediately saw its potential.

I don’t know if this is something you’ve thought about, but every song you record could take at least six or seven different forms, such as:

  1. An acoustic version.
  2. An electronic version.
  3. A rock version.
  4. An instrumental version.
  5. A live version
  6. A remix.
  7. A current-year version. By that I mean any song from the past that you play a little differently today. Basically an updated version of the same song, recorded in its new form.

A lot of known artists out there are re-purposing their material in this way, so why not you? It could broaden the opportunities available to you, whether it’s live performance or licensing and placements.

Other than recording singles, I’m also starting to play some “solo” shows again. The main reason I haven’t been pursuing these that much is because I’m playing in other bands, but some opportunities have started presenting themselves again, so I’ve begun adding some solo dates to my calendar.

One example is with a community called The Listening Room YYC. We’re holding two different “listening room” events on a monthly basis. One is called The Circle, where I had the chance to perform in September, and I am also on the bill for October. This is a unique singer/songwriter circle in which the participants cover the tunes of the greats (like Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen), and also add to each other’s original music in some way.

The other room is The Classics, where jazz vocalists are backed up by the house band, and they put a spotlight on some of the classic jazz singers, like Julie London or Sarah Vaughan.

I’m sure there will be an opportunity to talk more about The Listening Room in a future episode, but that should give you an idea of the kind of shows I’m taking on and helping out with.

Of course, I’m still playing with Long Jon Lev and Adrenalize as well.

In August, Lon Jon Lev didn’t have a lot of shows, mostly due to everyone’s patchy schedule. But we’ve picked up the momentum again here in September, and we have several shows booked for October as well. Live streaming continues to be a part of our performance schedule, and this has been a lot of fun.

Our last major performance was at the John Dutton Theatre, in downtown Calgary. Sean Harley [Tucker] and Mercy Lamola opened for us, which was fun, because Mercy is also a part of Long Jon Lev as a backup vocalist.

We were celebrating the birthday of Tucker as well as Long Jon Lev, so this event was a blast, but also a lot of work. We look forward to seeing you at our next theatre/hall/church/community center event.

There also hasn’t been much on the radar for Adrenalize in a while, but it’s mostly been a matter of reconfiguring as we prepare for a string of upcoming shows, mostly at movie theatres.

Adrenalize has been a significant income opportunity for me over the years, so I’m looking forward to getting out there again and performing. I’ve actually been playing bass with them for a while, but I’ll be circling back over to guitar, and I tend to enjoy that more.

Now let’s talk about the podcast.

There isn’t too much to talk about with regards to the podcast, because as you know, this is the first episode I’ve published since the end of July.

What I can say is that I already have another interview in the can, and several more guests lined up for future episodes.

In order to make publishing easier on myself, I will be looking at every blog post and video I produce as a potential opportunity to repurpose as a podcast episode. But this doesn’t mean I’ll be doing this with everything.

A tutorial video doesn’t necessarily work as a podcast episode because of the visual element, and I don’t think there’s much point in turning a simple news update into a podcast episode either. Although I’m all for repurposing content when and where it makes sense, I’m not going to do it to the detriment of the user, which is you.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about how I’m doing with my books.

First, I’ll share what’s been happening with The New Music Industry, my first book. Last time I mentioned that I was potentially looking for a promotion service to help me get my book out to more people.

I actually got a call from a company called LitFire Publishing out of the blue, and I was in contact with them over the course of a couple of weeks. They told me that my book had been recommended to them, and supposedly, they bring a certain number of books with them to a book conference on a yearly basis where eager publishers are looking to license quality books.

To me, that isn’t far-fetched. I do think I managed to create a great resource with The New Music Industry. But there were a couple of issues.

The first was that they were asking for a lot of money upfront. Naturally, I don’t expect anyone to offer their services for free, but this was clearly not a strategic partnership deal to be hammered out, but rather a sales call. I could have figured out the money side of things if I needed to, so I wasn’t worried about that. But I was concerned that my money wouldn’t be going towards a worthwhile cause.

The second issue was that LitFire doesn’t seem to have the best of reputations online. Granted, if you go looking for negative on any company or personality, you can find it. Whether it’s McDonald’s or Mother Teresa, if you’re looking for finding bad reviews or people saying bad things about others, you can find it.

But after discussing this potential opportunity with friends and family members, it didn’t seem like the right move to me. I also have an internal barometer for these kinds of things, and I didn’t really feel one way or another about it. I wasn’t excited, and I wasn’t entirely guarded either. So being lukewarm tells me that while the service may be legitimate and good, it might not be the right fit for me.

I’ve also been discovering more and more book promotion services, partly because many of them have been following me on Twitter. I didn’t even know that there were that many out there, and it actually makes it a lot harder to choose when you have so many options. I found an interesting post called An Interactive List of 100+ Book Promotion Sites & Free Submission Tool. That kind of intrigued me, and it’s something I might explore. The link will be in the show notes.

But at this point I haven’t really decided one way or another. The sales continue to trickle in on their own, but I’m still looking for an opportunity to get the book out to a larger audience. If you happen to know of any services that do good work, I would really appreciate the recommendation. Feel free to email me or leave a comment in the show notes.

As for my new book, I’m about halfway done writing it. The working title is Flashes of Elation: Navigating the World as a Sensitive, Creative Soul, and it’s a book for artists and creative people from all disciplines. As you can probably tell from the title – which isn’t set in stone – it’s about dealing with a variety of different situations and challenges as a sensitive, creative individual.

I’ve also launched pre-orders, so if you’re interested in taking advantage of pre-order bonuses, you’re welcome to go and learn more about pre-orders. You’ll find a link to that in the show notes as well.

I’m excited to be releasing a new book, and I will likely be taking a more in-depth look at it in an upcoming podcast episode as well. So that’s what’s happening with the books.

Moving right along, here’s where I usually talk about what I’m learning right now.

For the first time in a long time, I actually don’t feel like I’m on a major learning curve. I’m being proactive about learning what I need to, and I’m plugging away at a few different books and podcasts, but not necessarily to augment my knowledge or skill set.

But of the things I am learning, I would say that the following two are significant.

The first is the Blockchain, a financial transaction platform some see as the cure-all for the music industry. I can’t tell you whether or not it will be, but it’s a subject I want to learn about, because it could very well play a bigger part in a lot of transactions and purchases in every industry in the future. Plus, it’s a subject I want to cover on the podcast.

The second is sales. I’m not exactly new to the subject of sales, it’s just not one I necessarily took a lot of interest in prior to now. Most books I’ve read by Zig Ziglar or John Maxwell made it sound like a mountain of discomfort I’d never want to subject myself to. And in the age we’re in, I think people respond less to direct call to actions anyway. People want to feel like they’re making their own autonomous decisions when it comes to their purchases, because buying has become an increasingly customized, personal activity. People are open to suggestion, maybe, but not hard selling.

The reason I’ve been wanting to learn about sales is because I feel like it’s one of my weaknesses. In building a business, selling is an essential skill. I didn’t really recognize that fact until recently.

I’ve mentioned him before, but I’m happy to mention him again. Australian entrepreneur James Schramko has been teaching me a lot about sales through his podcast, and the one I’m listening to right now is Sales Marketing Profit. Again, the link will be in the show notes. I’ve also learned about a few books that have been instrumental in bringing him the results that he has, and I’ve ordered those for myself as well.

I think my values match up closely with his, which tells me that I’m plugging into the right resources. I have no intention of becoming a full-fledged salesperson, nor will I ever be a hard seller. But since I am in business, I feel that it’s something I need to be learning about.

Finally, let’s talk about what’s next.

As I said earlier, I have a content syndication and distribution strategy that’s really coming together, and I’m really excited about it. I know that sounds really geeky, but it’s true.

It hasn’t necessarily gotten me the results I’m looking for yet, but over the long haul, I think it will pay off.

The next big step for TME will be to become an online hub for musicians. A place you come to find the information you need, search for the products you want, discover strategies that can help you in your ongoing career pursuits, and much more.

I don’t necessarily know all the steps that I will need to take to get to that point, but I do know what the end goal is, and that’s the most important thing as I consider next actions to take.

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Pre-Order My Forthcoming Book, Flashes of Elation

Pre-Order My Forthcoming Book, Flashes of Elation

Pre-order bonuses can no longer be claimed, but you can still order the book in advance of its release. Thanks for your patience.

One of the best parts about running The Music Entrepreneur and creating resources like this is that I get to connect with people just like you. People that are out there putting everything on the line in an effort to create art that matters.

Writing a book is no small matter. You often hear that it will be more work than you think it will be, and I found out firsthand that this could not be more true.

Ultimately, what matters is that my resources are helping you in some way. That’s what I care about.

There is still so much more to explore together, so much ground to cover. And that’s one of the reasons why I am working on a new book, a resource that’s packed with ideas to help you in your artistic, creative, music, and/or entrepreneurial career.

I’ll be honest – writing and publishing additional books has always been a part of my plan, but this one came about in a rather unique and spontaneous way. It was inspired.

One day, I sat down to write my weekly eBook. That’s something I was in the habit of doing at the time. I don’t think I wrote more than 1,000 words, and I immediately knew that what I was writing was more than just another eBook. So I decided that it needed to be turned into a full-length book.

The working title of the new book is Flashes of Elation: Navigating the World as a Sensitive, Creative Soul.

Here’s what Flashes of Elation is About

What do you struggle with most as an artist?

Do you feel like you’re constantly riding an emotional rollercoaster? Are you sensitive to other people, their emotions, your emotions, or various life events? Do you constantly obsess about small things? Are you easily bored? Do you find that your natural tendencies always get you into trouble, whether it’s with relationships, finances, or health?

I’ve talked to way too many of you to not know the kinds of things you wrestle with on a daily basis. As an artist myself, I’ve encountered my fair share of disappointments, frustration, challenge, and periods of self-loathing.

I don’t pretend to have the answer to all those problems. What I can offer is my experience.

In Flashes of Elation you will learn:

  • How to be truly productive, and what that really means.
  • How to stay inspired more of the time.
  • The importance of personality types, and the dangers of ignoring your natural tendencies.
  • Why collaboration can be the most beautiful, or most heartbreaking thing for artists.
  • How perfectionism is holding you back, and what you can do to lessen its burden on you.
  • The true meaning of “passion”, and the futility of trying to “find” it.
  • How everything has the potential to become a “job” at some point, even something you love to do.
  • Why frustration is unavoidable, and what it’s actually pointing to.

My goal is to make the book as empowering as possible, because I know how hard we can be on ourselves as artists.

Pre-Order Flashes of Elation Today

At this point, I’m about halfway done principle writing. No doubt, there is still work to do – writing, editing, cover design, and so on. But the book will be here before long, and that’s why I wanted to set up pre-orders sooner rather than later.

When you pre-order Flashes of Elation, you get:

  • A signed copy of the paperback version
  • The eBook version
  • The audio version (read by yours truly)
  • The My Top 10 Tips for Creatives eBook in the appendix
  • Interview with Sean Harley [Tucker] in the appendix
  • Audio version of the interview with Sean Harley [Tucker]

Click here to pre-order your copy. Pre-order bonuses are only available to those who claim this offer before the book is officially launched.

Read or Hear Samples from Flashes of Elation

While you’re waiting for the book to be released, you can explore quite a bit of material right here on the blog. Here are some sample chapters (first drafts) for your reading pleasure:

If you like what you read, don’t forget that pre-orders are just a click away.

Also, let me know what design/color combination you like best. Feel free to leave a comment below.

Conclusion

Thank you for taking the time to connect with me, and I hope you’ll make the decision to pre-order Flashes of Elation.

As always, I’m doing everything in my power to get the word out about this new project. Anything you can do to help out is much appreciated. It really does mean the world to me.

Here’s to your continued creative success.

TQP 018: Are There More Important Questions? II

The Question Podcast

The following 12 questions come from an article titled 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind:

  • What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
  • Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you’re doing?
  • If the average human lifespan was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
  • What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
  • What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?
  • Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
  • What are you most grateful for?
  • Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
  • At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
  • When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea that you strongly believed in?
  • If you knew that everyone you knew was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
  • What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

In this episode of The Question podcast, you will hear highlights from Frederick Tamagi’s presentation on asking more important questions, as well as the poetry of Miles Patterson.

Thank you for listening!

What questions will you be taking with you after listening to this episode?

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TQP 017: Are There More Important Questions? I

The Question PodcastE. L. Doctorow, the famous American author, was mentoring a young writer who was very interested in understanding the secret of Doctorow’s celebrated literary success. The renowned author shocked the student when he shared his fundamental process for writing. He said:

Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see down the road as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

We navigate the questions of life just like a car navigates the road on a foggy night. Our exploration of those questions illuminates the path to unknown answers, just as headlights illuminate the road to an unknown destination.

It’s quite possible that in the last nine months of The Question, the only significant answers that we’ve discovered so far are:

  1. That the fog is really, really thick.
  2. That the destination is still very distant, and very unknown.
  3. That the drive itself is actually pretty interesting, even though you can’t really see where it may be leading. Perhaps that’s why it’s interesting.

The Question community is kind of like the car, and you and I together are driving the car, and we work the headlights.

In this episode of The Question podcast, you will hear highlights from Frederick Tamagi’s presentation on more important questions, as well as the poetry of Miles Patterson.

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