Plan your creative project

I have been working as musical director for a fantastic young singer/songwriter – Natalie Sprouse. When she asked me to be the musical director (and I agreed), I asked how many songs we are doing and found out there would be 12 original songs written by Natalie and 4 cover songs. At first this was very intimidating until I realized I just needed to breakdown how many songs I thought we could learn in any given rehearsal while allowing for a review of previously learned songs. Then I added up the number of rehearsals we would need, emailed the band for their commitments to this schedule and away we went.

We’re two weeks out from the concert now and we only have 2 more songs to learn. Now we’ll just keep rehearsing all 16 songs until the show. So here are the steps:

  1. Break the projectdown into incremental pieces
  2. Develop a plan to do each piece
  3. Get commitment from the people involved
  4. Work the plan (Don’t forget this part!)

If you’re working on a project that has a drop dead date, sometimes the best thing you can do is set it aside, grab a cup of coffee, have a seat in your favorite comfy chair, and answer the question “What needs to happen between now and that date?” Then just work the plan.

BTW – If you’re anywhere near Salem, OH on April 14th, you need to come hear Natalie’s performance! You’ll love her singing and writing talent. (The band’s pretty good too) Get info here.


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