Do For Doing’s Sake

Here are some more thoughts about writing for writing’s sake. (They Can’t All Be Gems)

This basic principle applies across all endeavors of life.

When I practice my drums I don’t have a reason for doing it other than I want to improve. I want to be the best that I can be.

I’m not going downstairs and sitting at my kit every day because I have a list of songs I need to learn for a band or an audition.  I’m not doing it because I have some session work lined up.  At this point I don’t have anything on the horizon.

I do it just for the sake of doing it.  I do it to improve at what I love to do.

If I would get a call from a band or chance at a session I know I’m prepared to do the best I can do.

It’s the same with my home recording, composing songs and writing lyrics.

I have no thoughts of writing a hit song and living off of the royalties.

I try to compose a song each week because no matter how good or bad it is I learn something new each week and improve my skills.

It’s the same when I try playing the song on the keyboard, recording the song, and try my hand at mixing.  I improve a little each and every time I do it.

No one may ever know or recognize the improvements but that’s not important.  It is the doing that is important.

This goes across all facades in life, the athlete who spends countless hours learning and perfecting their skills, the craftsmen who spend hours, days, years perfecting their craft, the true professionals in life.

So write for writing’s sake, play for playing’s sake, practice for practice’s sake.

Do for doing’s sake.

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