Some stats for your amusement:
PledgeMusic goal total: 47%
Days remaining: 25
Hours spent writing/revising/practicing new songs in 2015: Hundreds
Social opportunities passed up in favor of the above: Dozens
“Ezekiel, what is this PledgeMusic?” Yikes, go here!
A feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something. That’s confidence, from a dictionary. But I’ve read something recently that says confidence is both a feeling and an action. Confidence is, firstly, taking action despite thoughts of doubt, fear, or negativity. And this tendency toward action is developed through practice. With enough practice, the feeling of confidence will eventually come.
Perhaps you can guess why I am saying this. I am in the middle of a big project. I am asking people to advance purchase my upcoming (yet untitled, working on that) album so that I can meet my funding goal and actually make this thing. I am asking people who believe in me as a songwriter to help get the word out. And not just “people.” I am asking for your help.
I addition to the gratitude I have for everyone who has ordered albums/merch and everyone who has posted, forwarded and given their time, when thoughts turn to myself it can get rough. I fear that I am just one in a sea of musicians asking for people’s attention and, by the nature of my own personality, I am not “in your face” enough to compete. I am not an adorable 14 year old with two unstoppable pitbull parents to ensure my success (no offense, Taylor Swift).
Yet I am taking action because I believe in what I am creating. I think it will be good enough to compete, musically, with any signed artist that’s out there. So I’m going to say that I am confident that this record will get made. That feels good to say.