Premiere Video Blog Post: Production of the Song “Driving”


 

To start, I would like to thank you for being among the first to view my blog and become a part of this experience.

When I was a young child, I remember writing song lyrics.  This was before music lessons.  I was probably seven or eight when I began to wonder if my songs were long enough to be on the radio.  One day, I turned on the radio, waited for a new song to start playing, and then I sang my song out loud to find out how its length compared to the radio song.  Of course, nobody was around when I did this.  In fact, at that stage in life, I kept my songwriting hobby mostly to myself. Thinking back, I came to an important realization.  Although nobody else in my family was ever extremely musical, I had the desire to make music rooted deep within me from  the very beginning.

I live in Louisville, Kentucky, which could be described as both a fairly large, urban city, and a well-knit, family oriented community.  I credit my grandmother for encouraging me to play the piano, a good friend of mine for teaching me how to play my first song, my parents for signing me up for piano lessons shortly after, my girlfriend for repeatedly telling me that my music will take me places, and all of my other friends and family members who have offered their support.  I took piano lessons off and on for about seven years, starting when I was ten.  However, I always had trouble following the curriculum.  Instead, I would make up my own songs, which were ironically often brought about by me trying to practice a song for an upcoming lesson. Amongst all of the wrong notes I hit, occasionally one would sound good and I’d carry on with it to formulate my own song.  I also have to credit every single one of my piano instructors for having the patience to listen to my own creations rather than what they told me to practice during the previous lesson.

I am very fortunate to have parents that were able to afford and were willing to pay for my schooling at the University of Louisville.  Although I didn’t in the beginning, I also consider myself lucky to have parents that would not allow me to major in music as long as they were paying for my studies.  They explained that music was a highly competitive field and there was a slim chance for even the best of musicians to be able to make a living and raise a family as a music professional.  I didn’t realize it then, but not studying music for the time being was a good thing. No matter what I studied, I would always be submerged in the never-ending process of becoming a better musician.  Music is a part of who I am, so I did not need it as a major in order to keep it in my life.  While I dream of one day having a career in the industry, I will always love music even if it isn’t paying the bills.  I started out as a business major at U of L, but halfway through, I had one of those moments where it felt like a light bulb turned on inside my head.  It happened as I was walking to my car at night to go out for a fun weekend adventure.  I realized I wanted to change my major to communications.  I often had ideas I thought were good, but expressing those ideas was a challenge for me.  I recently graduated in May of 2011, and my communications degree gave me the fundamentals I needed to begin learning how to express myself, share my music, and go where I want in life.

Whether or not my music opens up the doors to a career, I will always be a music producer.  More importantly, I will never lose sight of my goals.  One of my biggest dreams is to buy a house and turn it into a home recording studio.  I worked many part-time jobs throughout high school and college, and I spent the majority of my earnings on instruments and recording equipment.  Music was a large contributor to a not-so-typical college experience as a commuter from home.  I still live at my parents’ house, with a home studio inside my bedroom.  I just never thought it was practical to be blaring music at random hours every day inside a dorm room or apartment and to expect no complaints.  I look forward to one day soon when it pays off and I have a house of my own with everything that I have accumulated in it.

Thanks again for your interest, and please don’t be a stranger! Since this blog is based on music, which is an art form, I think it will be most meaningful if it is updated as I get inspired.  As any musician would, I hope for that to be often! As I stated in the video, I want to use this blog as a tool to make the barrier between my audience, my music, and myself more transparent. If you have anything to say or contribute, please share in the comments below!

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  • ChaoWang

    Hi. I just read your blog post and I am so inspired by you. Your life story is so much similar to mine! I am really comforted, encouraged and happy to realize that I am not alone in this musical path. Although we might not be able to do music full-time (at least for now), let us put in our best effort to prove to others and ourselves that music comes from the deepest passion and hard work found inside us. I listened to some of your music posted on your website! They are awesome. And, I really like this website! Good Job, I already see you as a professional producer ;) 
    Keep up the good work.
    You will go far!

    Cheers,
    CW

    • http://twitter.com/MillettMusic Todd Millett

      Thank you so much! No, we are certainly not alone. I think there are more people like us than it seems. I was at the music store a few weeks ago talking to an employee. When he found out about my home studio setup, he said he had one too and lots of people that come in there have one as well. He told me he didn’t think there were as many others until he started working there and talking to people. 

      I agree with you, the most important thing is to enjoy it. Music should be appreciated for what it is, whether or not it supports your lifestyle. If one day it does, the biggest advantages will be having more time to do what we love and being able to share our music with more people!

      Thanks again! Your comment means a lot!