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<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/m">Your Music and People</a>”:</div>
<h1>This is only a test. See what happens.</h1>
<small>2000-04-14</small>
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	In America in the 1970s, they would test the Emergency Broadcast System on TV, with a long “BEEEEEEEEEEP”.
	At the end, an announcer would say, “This is a test. This is only a test.”
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	That phrase is burned into my brain.
	“This is a test. This is only a test.”
	It’s very useful to remember when pursuing your career.
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	Everything usually feels so serious — like if you make one mistake, it’ll all end in disaster.
	But really everything you do is just a test: an experiment to <strong>see what happens</strong>.
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	My favorite times in life started with a “see what happens” approach.
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	Let’s see what happens if I run my vocals through my guitar pedals.
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	Let’s see what happens if I invite that famous producer out to lunch.
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	Let’s see what happens if I call that radio station to ask their advice.
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	It’s actually impossible to fail if your only mission was to see what happens!
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	“This is a test. This is only a test.”
	There is no downside.
	Try everything!
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