Does Having a Kid Mean Giving Up on Your Music Career?

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The goal is to have a portable set up that you can drag out to the living room or some nook and then tuck back away when music time is done. I am thinking like a pedal board with velcro situation, but perhaps that wouldn't quite work for you--but that direction, of portability, ease and function. The money you make from selling your gear is going to be split three ways--1/3rd is a baby bedroom decoration budget (waddup, adorable Land of Nod rugs), 1/3rd is to facilitate any particular changes you need for your home studio going mini (I'm thinking you'll be going from fancy speakers to fancy headphones and software) and the other third is savings, because when you have kids that's how you need to roll. Pat yourself on the back for dadding up.

Round up all those unsold albums--you get to keep ten copies. The rest get recycled. You can stand in the alley and mourn a little bit, wave a feather and say some words in honor of everyone's time and energy and hopes and young dreams. This is the ceremony for moving on to your new idea of success, one that is not based on money and record sales. Celebrate your freedom from that capitalist yardstick of success by reading Lewis Hyde's ESSENTIAL book The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, it'll reinvigorate your spirit and creative practice. Maybe your music making is now about how much magic you can pump out of your micro-studio, how much you can impress the other electro-nerds in your Soundcloud group. Set some goals. There is no shame in starting (or re-starting) small and keeping it small. This is going to be hard work, but if you can try to be fearless about letting go all this stuff (ideas and gear), I think you are going to feel a lot freer when you are done.

Good luck!

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