I've been thinking a lot this week about direction and how (seemingly) hard it is to find.

And, how it seems even harder to then confidently move in the direction you have chosen.

When I first embarked on creating content online (about 7 years ago now). I was desperate to start creating blogs and courses.

I sat down and diligently followed the advice of the online "gurus" and wrote a huge list of subjects I could talk at length about and was passionate about.

Then I created a small website about cologne...that's right, cologne.

I have only ever owned one bottle of cologne...

Rather than choose the top subjects on my list (which were all music-related) I chose something that wasn't even on my radar.

Surprise surprise, I gave up after having built a website with about 7 posts because, you guessed it, I lost interest (if there ever was any that is).

That's the hilarious thing. Because I was so terrified of putting energy into something that mattered to me I chose to focus on something I didn't give a toss about instead.

The "logic" there was that if I didn't care about it I wouldn't mind when it failed. Ergo, if I cared about it and it failed then it would be too much for me.

To be honest both scenarios suck but at least when you do something you are interested in you get something out of it.

I have wasted so much time in my life opting to focus on the things I don't care about because I have ignored the most obvious advice;

"Often the thing you are looking for is right under your nose"

If you are feeling a little lost - what is right in front of you that you are missing?

The Quiet Whisper | Issue 41

Finding Your Direction

🎧 I’m Listening To…

Evangeline. As I'm sure you are aware I am a huge fan of Phoebe Bridgers so when I find an artist who sounds similar I am inclined to do the happy-happy-joy-joy dance. Hmmm, I wonder if he wrote about cologne...🤣

📚 I’m Reading...

This awesome blog post by ConvertKit's owner, Nathan Barry, about how his decision to write 1000 words per day was the biggest and best of his life.

🔥 I’m Still Loving...

Writing trailer music and all its wonderful little sub-niches. This was the focus of this month's Trailer Music Monthly Newsletter.

2 First Act Masterclasses, Percussive Violin & A Free Piano
This month I decided to get back into my trailer music tutorials on my Trailer Music YouTube channel and I have been having a blast. I have delved into inspiring first acts, dark dystopian first acts, and also action comedy drum tracks. What doing this has reminded me is that

🌟 5 Steps to Better Piano Writing

Although I am a guitarist by trade, writing for the piano is something that I have worked so hard to get better at. I thought I would share some of my tips :)

Better Piano Music in 5 Steps
You know when you need a piano part in your track but you can’t seem to make it sound any good? I wrote this article to solve that exact problem.

🫶🏻 Sharing is Caring

A new free VST from Inventive Instruments, the Textured Violin.

Textured Violin | Free Pad VST
Introducing the Textured Violin, a collection of cinematic pads created by f*cking up some scratchy Violin drones.

❝ Quote of the week:

"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it and join the dance" - Alan Watts


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