Have you looked under the chickens?

Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby, and champion of indie musicians, is someone I respect and admire. Every time I hear him speak or read his stuff, I’m amazed at how on it he is. Here’s his latest post, where he suggests we don’t overlook the simple answers.

Sometimes, we make it too complicated. In my day job, I fix computer and networking problems: wiring, software, hardware, protocols, blah blah.

Yes, computers are complicated. But it never hurts to look at the least complicated solution first. Like, check if the thing is plugged in, if it’s turned on. Often that’s the fix.

The same applies to songwriting. I’m guilty of looking for the most complicated chord or riff for a turnaround, for example, when sometimes a simple major chord is the best solution.


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