“Are you guys on tour?” the guy in the jean shorts asked me.
“Your song was really good. I would buy it, and I pirate a LOT of music,” another guy added.
“Thanks!” I exclaimed. “Nah, we were just here for a month to write and record the album. We’re leaving LA on Sunday.”
“Where can I find you online?” several people asked.
“Um. We don’t have a band name yet, but you can check out my other website. It’s P-U-T-T…”
It was the perfect end to our month of writing and recording the album. Up until that night, we’d performed for a few musician friends, we had played our parts into microphones, for each other, for the internet. But we hadn’t yet played live.
The compliments felt good, but just being up there was what mattered.
It’s sort of frustrating to know that we could be really successful as a band, if we just committed—if that was what we wanted. But Rena is really involved in comedy/stand up right now, and I have a business and Tribe that I love running and a bunch of new projects in the works (to be announced shortly).
Earlier that day, I was sitting in my friend Arash‘s loft, watching him turn two bars from My Girl into a loop and lay beats down on top of it. I suddenly felt this surge of wanting to quit it all, and just become a producer. I could deck my place out with the most gorgeous equipment. I was pretty good at producing, but I could be great at it, if I only dedicated more of myself to it.
But then I remembered that if I were to fully devote myself to being a rockstar or a producer (not that Shammy is only a producer! Kid is a total multipod. Acting, singing, dance, etc.), it wouldn’t be sustainable. It would probably last a couple years before I would needed to play with a new medium.
I also wouldn’t be being true to myself.
So I will be a rock star for a month, a producer when I’m in the mood, I’ll take on an isolated web design project if something strikes my fancy, and morph into a public speaker a couple times a year.
There is no use in fighting who you are, so you may as well learn to enjoy the variety and work with your natural rhythm.
Such is the curse,
and but mostly the blessing, of the multipotentialite.
Our album will be out as soon as I mix it. Probably near the end of the month. It’ll be available for free streaming on bandcamp, and we’ll have a reasonable, pay-what-you-want structure for download. I’m pretty proud of it. I may not be a professional rock star or a professional producer, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t pump out the odd kick-ass album.
What different careers or roles have you taken on for short periods of time? Maybe just long enough to make something that you’re really proud of?