Stephen is creating Music, Illustrations, Poems, Short Stories, Videos
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"Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good".  We all know that saying.  As a creator this is something I've long struggled with.  I write a lot of songs, make demos of them, I write short stories, poems, draw, etc.; but only share a fraction of that with the World at large.  The traditional "artist-album" cycle is to release an album, tour for a year, spend the next year writing and recording the next one, etc; thus releasing new material every two years or so.  That's never worked for me.  I've often released digital only projects in between the "bigger" full band studio type albums to satisfy my desire to share more of what I create.  It is hard to let go of your creation into the World where it will be judged and reviewed; it never feels good enough.  It never feels finished.  I am a perfectionist by nature.  And while that is good when it comes to editing myself and being critical with my creations, it can be crippling as well.  I spent the entire time from the age of 25 to 30 years old trying to make sure my debut album was "good enough".  You always feel like you can make each song, each track, each solo, each note you sang better.  I have about ten more albums in my head kicking around I would love to make right now if money were no issue.  And while that might be too much for the World at large, I know from talking to many of my supporters over the years they like it when I share more.  But there was never a proper platform to share on before Patreon.  I have hundreds of unreleased songs that the World may not hear for years (or ever).  That is ok, it's not the end of the world, but I would certainly like to share more.  "Don't die with your music inside you" - that is a quote that's haunted me since my 20's.  It drove me to quit my job, to tour around the world, to spend my entire savings; because I knew I didn't want to live a life of regret.  And I have let my music out, I've released ten studio albums since 2004 and I've played over a 1,000 shows and counting.  I have not held it in.  Yet, as all the songs and projects I want to create that time and money don't allow for I've noticed something else starting to creep in.  That little voice inside telling me "why bother" when I feel like writing or get a new idea or inspiration for something.  "No one will ever hear this anyway"  We all fight those pesky little negative demons on our shoulders I know.  Fear is always the enemy of creativity.  But giving in to the voice of that "lesser angel" is literally the definition of dying with my music still inside me.  This is an experiment.  I'm sure it will evolve as I go along.  Maybe this outlet for sharing will allow me more time for creating (which is basically my main motivation).  Time will tell.  In the meantime, it's time to quit procrastinating for yours truly and punch that "launch" button.

~Stephen
Tiers
Become A Patron
$1 or more per month
Thank you!  You will have access to all Patron Only feed: songs (unreleased and original demos), Stories, Poems, Illustrations, Videos, etc.  

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Early access to songs
  • Illustrations
  • Monthly patron-only livestream
  • Short Stories
  • Sneak peeks
  • Videos
Level II
$3 or more per month
Thank you even more!  You will have access to all Patron Only feed: songs (unreleased and original demos), Stories, Poems, Illustrations, Videos, etc.  

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Early access to songs
  • Illustrations
  • Monthly patron-only livestream
  • Short Stories
  • Sneak peeks
  • Videos
Level III
$5 or more per month
Thank you!  You will have access to all Patron Only feed: songs (unreleased and original demos), Stories, Poems, Illustrations, Videos, etc.  In addition to a downloadable Mp3 of the Songs.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Early access to songs
  • Illustrations
  • Monthly patron-only livestream
  • Short Stories
  • Sneak peeks
  • Videos
  • High-quality song (mp3) downloads
Level IV
$10 or more per month
Thank you!  You will have access to all Patron Only feed: songs (unreleased and original demos), Stories, Poems, Illustrations, Videos, etc.  In addition to a downloadable Mp3 of the Songs.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Early access to songs
  • Illustrations
  • Monthly patron-only livestream
  • Short Stories
  • Sneak peeks
  • Videos
  • High-quality song (mp3) downloads
  • Process videos
Goals
6 of 50 patrons
My goal is to reach 50 Patreons; a good number to create a vibrant online community here for sharing art and discussion of the creative process.
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"Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good".  We all know that saying.  As a creator this is something I've long struggled with.  I write a lot of songs, make demos of them, I write short stories, poems, draw, etc.; but only share a fraction of that with the World at large.  The traditional "artist-album" cycle is to release an album, tour for a year, spend the next year writing and recording the next one, etc; thus releasing new material every two years or so.  That's never worked for me.  I've often released digital only projects in between the "bigger" full band studio type albums to satisfy my desire to share more of what I create.  It is hard to let go of your creation into the World where it will be judged and reviewed; it never feels good enough.  It never feels finished.  I am a perfectionist by nature.  And while that is good when it comes to editing myself and being critical with my creations, it can be crippling as well.  I spent the entire time from the age of 25 to 30 years old trying to make sure my debut album was "good enough".  You always feel like you can make each song, each track, each solo, each note you sang better.  I have about ten more albums in my head kicking around I would love to make right now if money were no issue.  And while that might be too much for the World at large, I know from talking to many of my supporters over the years they like it when I share more.  But there was never a proper platform to share on before Patreon.  I have hundreds of unreleased songs that the World may not hear for years (or ever).  That is ok, it's not the end of the world, but I would certainly like to share more.  "Don't die with your music inside you" - that is a quote that's haunted me since my 20's.  It drove me to quit my job, to tour around the world, to spend my entire savings; because I knew I didn't want to live a life of regret.  And I have let my music out, I've released ten studio albums since 2004 and I've played over a 1,000 shows and counting.  I have not held it in.  Yet, as all the songs and projects I want to create that time and money don't allow for I've noticed something else starting to creep in.  That little voice inside telling me "why bother" when I feel like writing or get a new idea or inspiration for something.  "No one will ever hear this anyway"  We all fight those pesky little negative demons on our shoulders I know.  Fear is always the enemy of creativity.  But giving in to the voice of that "lesser angel" is literally the definition of dying with my music still inside me.  This is an experiment.  I'm sure it will evolve as I go along.  Maybe this outlet for sharing will allow me more time for creating (which is basically my main motivation).  Time will tell.  In the meantime, it's time to quit procrastinating for yours truly and punch that "launch" button.

~Stephen

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Tiers
Become A Patron
$1 or more per month
Thank you!  You will have access to all Patron Only feed: songs (unreleased and original demos), Stories, Poems, Illustrations, Videos, etc.  

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Early access to songs
  • Illustrations
  • Monthly patron-only livestream
  • Short Stories
  • Sneak peeks
  • Videos
Level II
$3 or more per month
Thank you even more!  You will have access to all Patron Only feed: songs (unreleased and original demos), Stories, Poems, Illustrations, Videos, etc.  

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Early access to songs
  • Illustrations
  • Monthly patron-only livestream
  • Short Stories
  • Sneak peeks
  • Videos
Level III
$5 or more per month
Thank you!  You will have access to all Patron Only feed: songs (unreleased and original demos), Stories, Poems, Illustrations, Videos, etc.  In addition to a downloadable Mp3 of the Songs.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Early access to songs
  • Illustrations
  • Monthly patron-only livestream
  • Short Stories
  • Sneak peeks
  • Videos
  • High-quality song (mp3) downloads
Level IV
$10 or more per month
Thank you!  You will have access to all Patron Only feed: songs (unreleased and original demos), Stories, Poems, Illustrations, Videos, etc.  In addition to a downloadable Mp3 of the Songs.

Includes
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • Early access to songs
  • Illustrations
  • Monthly patron-only livestream
  • Short Stories
  • Sneak peeks
  • Videos
  • High-quality song (mp3) downloads
  • Process videos