This is the first of a four part series featuring women who are unsigned recording artists from the Cleveland metropolitan area. Although there will be more artists featured, the focus, as of the next three parts of this episode, is charity starting at home. In other words, I’m starting with what’s right here in my own front/back yards.
This episode features Barabara Barrett, a jazz, classical/opera, gospel and soul singer from Cleveland who has deep roots in her hometown jazz scene.
As an indie artist, I must admit, I get discouraged from time to time with this music thing. As an indie artist I realize that I am in business for myself. Not only do I have to think of the music, but the avenues of how to get it to the public as efficiently as possible! This is NOT a complaint. This IS the lifestyle I chose. This choice of lifestyle has to be balanced with day job/home responsibilities with and the dream life I once had and want again.
As an artist, I am always asking this question… Am I making an impact with my music? I got an email that had to make me re-evaluate what is important about my gift of song. Of course I want to make money from my craft and to be able to support my family and all that other stuff, but DAG!!! I WANT IT NOW(in my Barucca Salts voice from Willy Wonka ) .. Well… Just when I was starting to accept the reality of having to deal with my day job for the rest of my life, I get THIS —->
“Hey Eriq, I almost pulled over my car earlier today … but wasn’t in a good place. Was listening to your new music in the car and it hit me somewhere deep inside. Hard to explain. It was very moving. You have incredible talent. You need to be touring! Just wanted you to know” – Julie White
She purchased the projectXOXO (Hugs & Kisses)and told me what she thought of it. These words are so empowering and the very thing that I needed to hear. Some folk might say that this is all about my ego or my insecurity as an artist. I think from an artists’ perspective, the ones who put it all on the line are the most vulnerable and at risk of being rejected and set aside.. (and even booed) .. To those who are quick to call artists “narcissistic” “egotistic” “insecure” then let me ask you.. Do YOU enjoy rejection for something you are passionate about? Of course you don’t .. NO ONE DOES! We have enough artists “playing it safe”.. which is why I think we as a society have an addiction to mediocrity – but that’s another blog..
This is merely a “thank-you” note to a person who valued what I did by purchasing it and making it a part of her life.. which what music is for in the first place.. right???