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Music Monday: Latency

 

I can’t get enough of Latency, the latest and greatest indie band to come out of Pennsylvania. Their new album I Should Have Met More People Tonight, was written, recorded, and produced by the two band members Sam Moran and Ryan Milloy in a basement, but it sounds anything but homemade. Fans of The Killers or pop-punk will enjoy this album, and it would be a perfect soundtrack for a first date or a laid back get together. My favorite track on the album is “Oh I Said It”, a song about unrequited love. The album is free to download on Latency’s bandcamp site, so give them a listen today.

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how to become an artist in 5 easy steps

Nothing in world is quite as romantic as the idea of the starving artist. Genius and eccentric, the artist lives in the moment and is unrestrained by ideals and standards set by modern society, a slave only to his work. Many dream of devoting their life to art, but few succeed, mostly due to monetary constraints. You don’t have to starve to create however, small changes and steps can help you to harness that talent you’ve always had.

Step 1: Find the time to create

If you hold a steady job, you may have to wake up early or stay up late, but this is desirable. Your lovely muse has always found that a lack of sleep helps tremendously in the creative process, perhaps the brain is less censored during this time. The morning is a wonderful time for new ideas to take effect. The air right before sunrise is crisp, fresh, and alive, and everything is still, before even the birds are awake. And the night is just as wonderful, when the darkness softens edges and makes everything more mysterious, when the day’s responsibilities are over and done with.

Step 2: Create even if you think it’s terrible.

The world would be a much different place if every bad idea a genius had was made public to the world. As an artist, you are your own worst critic, but it would be terrible to waste talent and inspiration due to self doubt. Whatever your medium is, writing, painting, sculpting, song, or performing, the best thing to do is dive in. Write until your hand cramps, paint the first thing that comes to mind, sculpt that sculpture you’ve always seen in your head, and write that song that has yet to come to life. Audition for all the plays, and practice monologues in your spare time. Remember, bad art is always better than no art.

Step 3: Share your work

The internet is big wonderful place, with enough space for anyone and everyone who has something to say or be seen. Create a blog, a tumblr, a deviantart account, or a youtube. Post to reddit, twitter, facebook, anywhere you want your art to be seen. Take feedback with a grain of salt of course, there will always be trolls and people wanting to put you down, but constructive criticism can help you look at your work through a different eye.

Step 4: Create with others

Artists can be found in the largest of cities and the smallest of towns. Seek out those who share your passion, and don’t view them as competition, but rather as allies. Artists tend to be introverts, but it’s worth it to put some effort into friendships with the right people. We use different parts of the brain during face to face conversation, so get a group together and discuss ideas over a cup of coffee or a bottle of wine, it might just be the creative spark needed for your next masterpiece.

Step 5: Decide that YOU are an artist

Society puts many labels on people, but it’s what you call yourself that will have the most impact on your self perception. You don’t have to define yourself by what you do to pay the bills, or who you’re dating, or where you live. Rather, define yourself by your values, by what you’re passionate about, and what you want out of life. Instead of introducing yourself as a barista/salesclerk/nurse/etc, introduce yourself as what you consider yourself to be, and see how much better it feels. Just because you have a “day job” doesn’t mean you are that day job. If you introduce yourself as “John the Poet” and people ask you what you’ve published, and you haven’t published anything yet, just make something up. Maybe one day it’ll be true. Consider it practical performance art. The phrase “Fake it till you make it” had never been more true, and as long as you have a love and passion for your work, you will always be a true artist.

 

-your lovely muse.

Welcome to alternative how to!

If you’ve stumbled across this blog, chances are you’re what people call “the creative type.” Perhaps you travel across the country on trains, or you’re busy creating sculptures out of your neighbors recycling bin. Maybe you draw pornographic anime on old vhs tapes, or make your own wine out of grape juice and yeast packets. Maybe you’re a writer, an expert on surrealism, a fashion designer, a musician, or just a working stiff with a wild side. You might live in a busy city, a quiet beach, a suburb, in a house, a loft, an rv, or even a park. Regardless, you’ve just come across this blog because you are different. You have the insatiable desire to leave a mark on the world in your own unique way, the need to live differently and be inspiring. Welcome, readers, to alternative how to. A guide for anything and everything related to an alternative life, follow directions loosely and make changes as necessary. All advice given is merely a suggestion, intended to inspire and educate. Thank you for visiting alternative how to, and welcome.

 

– yourlovelymuse