Amy Mantis


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Closing In On Week One

So I haven't posted my video for today yet, but I want to reflect a little bit on what I've learned so far.

For starters, this is fun.  There are so many songs I love and I'm always telling the guys in my band about how I want to cover ALL OF THE SONGS.  And now I can.  I want to get more originals up as well though so I'll have to find a balance.

This is also rather time consuming.  Partly because my iPhone/video camera is struggling to make room for the videos.  That requires me updating and syncing my phone and doing things I generally avoid doing because I'm afraid something catastrophic might happen.  Like losing all of my friends' phone numbers.

It's also time consuming because it's hard for me.  Singing is hard for me not in that it's physically laborious, but because until recently (three years or so), it wasn't something I really wanted to do.  There were moments from the ages of 15 to 19 that I thought I could do it.  But I never sought instruction or help because I didn't really want to be a singer.  I still don't think of myself as a singer.  I'm a guitar player who sings.  A guitar slinger/singer/songwriter.  Only because guitar slinger/songwriter/singer doesn't have as good of a flow...Or maybe it does.

Playing guitar was a natural instinct for me and continues to be something I instinctively do.  Writing songs is even more of a natural inclination because I write all the time.  Not only songs, but journals, blogs, backs of napkins, in the car (I talk into my phone - don't worry I'm not reckless about it), and so on. TL;DR: I love writing.

What have I learned so far?  That I need to do the following:

-Plan my days better to accommodate filming and technical mis-haps.  So far I don't think any of these have been done in one shot.
-Create a list the week/month before filming.  What I really should do is create a master list as soon as I can.  Make my life that much easier.
-Share better.  So far my videos aren't garnering a lot of views for what I think are the following reasons:

  • I'm not being as active as I should with sharing.
  • The video quality could be better.
  • The performance could be better.
  • More tags.  I'm uploading straight to YouTube and I forget to go in and edit.
  • More sharing.
  • Did I mention more sharing?

I'm kind of surprised I've done six successful days.  Yesterday was close, and I shortened the song by a verse (Bruce will understand), but I got it up there!  I'm going to do a post on quality v. quantity soon.  My voice teacher suggested I do one per week, but I already announced one per day and I don't want to let down my loyal fans (hi, Mom!).  So one per day, and he and I are working on songs within this so every Wednesday or Thursday the video will be mint.  Not that I'm not happy with my output thus far, but there's room for improvement.

I should go do my video now.

Thanks for reading!  I'll talk to you soon.

New Project: 101 Videos in 101 Days. Originally 100 Videos in 100 Days...Until I realized there are 101 days left in the year, not 100

It's been a while. Hi again!

So I did my math wrong: there are 101 days left in the year, not 100.  So does that mean I get a buffer day?  I don't think so.  I think I'll do 101 videos in 101 days.  Because what's one more?

So I guess that changes the project to 101 videos in 101 days a la 101 Dalmatians.  I can go for that. 

Why am I doing this at all?  To hold myself accountable.  To be more creative.  To share my music with the Internet and find those who are interested.  To force me to maintain a regular practice schedule again.  And because I want to.

I started off with Coldplay's "Yellow" because I've been working on it in my lessons.  I hope it shows in the video, and I hope you enjoy it!

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