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<h1>It’s hard to get off stage.</h1>
<small>2018-01-16</small>
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	Being a songwriter is weird.
	You dig deep inside yourself.
	You extract and explain your emotions.
	Then you broadcast your innermost feelings to the biggest possible audience.
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	It’s a life that demands a deep focus on yourself.
	It’s all you, you, you.
	It’s a one-way road that goes from inside of you out to the audience.
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	Because of this, it’s hard for you to turn that off, switch directions, and just listen to others.
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	The essence of marketing is looking at everything from the other person’s point of view.
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	So it’s no surprise that musicians find it hard to switch into that mode.
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	It’s OK.
	Have some compassion for your situation.
	It’s a side-effect of the craft.
	Don’t beat yourself up over it.
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	But first, before you begin marketing, get off the stage.
	Pause your habit of broadcasting.
	Turn the spotlight on your audience.
	And get ready to listen.
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