Tucker, are you asking for a challenge?

If you are one of my regular readers (I love every single both of you), then you may remember some of my posts where I was putting together my current philosophy on Getting To Done. 

These five articles are the mantras and phrases that have been helping me get to done: 

  1. If you want to do something. You have to do something
  2. Done is when you say you're done
  3. Find the reason to say yes
  4. Success is what you say it is
  5. The story is as important as the song

I wanted to get better at networking and buildng an audience for my songs and stories. So, in the spirit of mantra #1, I have accepted the challenge set out by Ariel Hyatt and her book Music Success In Nine Weeks. The challenge is simple: Do each week's exercise and write about your experience each Monday. 

The first chapter is about setting goals so you can look forward to my retelling of the self torture I put myself through because goals I have some trouble with. Tasks I can list out for days. But goals? That's a different story. 

To keep up with how I'm doing with the challenge and meet some of the other artists taking part you can follow me on twitter, @SH_Tucker, or you can come join me at Facebook.com/SongsTuckerWrote 

Tucker, the story is as important as the song.

Gazebo stage in George Lane Park, High River

Yesterday I played a show in the park. It was a day of blue sky and white fluffy clouds. The grass was warm from the sun and the shade was nice and cool from the large trees that surround the area. The stage was a white gazebo with red trim that would fit perfectly in a movie about a summer concert in a small town. 

I sang some songs I've been singing for years but I also sang Going To The Zany Zoo. I explained to the audience that I had turned the song into a book and if they were interested they could come find me after the show. Someone did. She bought my book and said "I loved that song." What she really meant was "This is a very pretty park. It's a beautiful summer day. My friends are here with me and oh ... your song was pretty good too."  

Amy Winehouse's story was that of a someone struggeling with addiction and when she died on July 23rd 2011, it created a boost in her album sales. People wanted to become part of that story "I didn't know Amy's music until she passed. How tragic." 

Rebecca Black's story was that of a girl who had a terrible song called Friday. Though her second single, My Moment, garnered 16 million views on Youtube.com in the first week it was released. Now her story is that of a girl who is going to chase her dreams no matter what people say. 

Lady Gaga's story is "Look how crazy she is!". The Black Eyed Peas story is "They sure know how to have fun!" Ozzy Osbourne's story is "How is that guy still alive?"

When the lady who bought my book shares it with people she will say "He was a local fellow who sang on a beautiful summer day and he signed his book for me. Oh ... and his song was pretty good too."

What is your talent? What is your story? Find the balance between telling and doing because the story is as important as the song. 

Tucker, where you been man?

It's been exactly one year since my last entry so Born To The World is now 14 years old. Mylie Cyrus isn't really news but Rebecca Black is. I've had another kid (I'm at two now for those counting) and I learned even more about audience, community and stories than I could have imagined.

I'm pretty excited to start sharing again so I'm coming back to a once a week schedule. I'll be sharing my failures of the last year and explaining how they helped strengthen and shape my philosophy. It's a way of thinking that will guide my new projects. There won't be as many simple demos but I should have some real projects to share. You may be surprised at what my first finished project is going to be.

Here's a peek at what's coming next week.