One Deep Breath – my second independent release is out now and available to download exclusively from the Noel O’Reilly Music Store. Inspired by Peter Greens Fleetwood Macs song Oh Well. It is a record of the trials and tribulations I went through mentally to get my music available to the public. I hope you like it.
I write music because I love doing it. No other reason. I have spent many years writing, recording, producing and mastering music in my studio. The songs are all my own work from start to finish. However, I never really thought about what I was going to do with all this music. Yes, I like my material from my obviously biased perspective. But music is written for people to listen to. The question I asked myself was would other people be interested? So, I decided to find out if there was an opportunity to release under my own name without any other influence in the process. It was an interesting and enlightening journey.
I spent a lot of time trying to work out how to do this. The funny thing is, halfway through the project, when all was starting to come together, I started to get nervous. I lost focus. I started to procrastinate. But it was not just procrastination. There was something else going on. And that was the fear of achieving my end goal. This manifested in 2 forms. The fear of success. And the fear of failure.
Listen here you (finger pointing) …
So, I sat myself down and gave myself a good talking to. Why was I afraid of failure? Organising a vehicle to release my music was success in itself. But what if people did not like my music? Yes, I
want people to enjoy what I do. But if they don’t, then I have a wonderful, endless pastime. With music, there is always more to learn. Not just with writing and recording. There is learning how to arrange the song, maybe orchestration, there is the production and mastering to get the finished product. Studio set up and the ergonomics and science within that aspect. Then there is the music business, contracts and copyrighting – a dark art indeed. And then there is social media, video editing and the list goes on. So, maybe a pastime today can change, and opportunities arise. Keep learning and be ready when opportunity knocks.
Why was I afraid of success? Will it change me as a person? What if it changes my life from where I am now? I quite like where I am now. Will it be a long time coming, or will it be an overnight thing? What will I do when I get there? And not everyone will like my music. But maybe there will be some who do. I believe success is just as daunting as failure. In the end I decided that if I do nothing then I will never know. The fear of pressing the GREEN GO button never went away. But I managed to tell myself that I needed to take One Deep Breath every time and dive in.
So I took One Deep Breath
My second release One Deep Breath was written during that very stern telling off. It is about the nerves and anxiety that goes with doing something that is new and outside the norm. The song for me is motivational but it is also self-deprecating. Many years ago, I decided that I would try to write from a personal perspective. This was hard for me as I am not an open person. So, I agreed with myself that I would write from an open, honest and personal perspective. But it doesn’t always have to be serious. I also want to have a bit of fun at the same time. I think you will get what I mean when you listen to the second verse.
So that is the low down on my second release One Deep Breath. I really hope you like it. As I have already said, I will be releasing something at the beginning of every month for the foreseeable future. Please keep an eye out for the January release. I have not decided what it is going to be, but it is a nice problem to have.
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