Hi, Adam Cole Watchers, Somehow some Atlanta folks who also did an album in the month of February found me and invited me to an RPM listening party. It was a hoot! I was really impressed with the quality of the recordings, some of which could easily have gotten airplay (not that that's always a good thing, but in this case...) But what really impressed me was when someone said, "I wrote 5 songs in the last 17 years, and then I wrote 13 songs in the month of February." That's what it's all about! And to hear those songs, I'm thinking, well, what took you so long? Another person had 4 hard-drives full of fragments, but it took the RPM Challenge to get him to finally create full songs. Yeah, that's what it's about! Try it yourself! http://www.rpmchallenge.com/ Love, Adam
So now you can follow me. I'm "adamcoledotnet." See you there! Adam
I'm considering tweeting. My cousin told me of the benefits of Twitter. I still don't get it, but she's been right before. So if you're on there, follow me. Love, Adam
Hi, Adam Cole Watchers, I've recently published a new book that will help students learn their Do-Re-Mi's. It's called Solfege Town. If you're at all interested in Music Education, you might want to check it out. http://booklocker.com/books/4538.html Let me know what you think! Love, Adam
They read my letter. Here's the link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125511610 Here's the original story I commented on: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125456925 Have fun! Adam
Here's my answer to Darcy's excellent question. And I ponder it yearly and daily. I think it's less like me giving people what they want, and more like us having a conversation. If I only write what I want, it's like throwing darts at a dartboard with my eyes closed. That can be satisfying, but only if it's the throwing that gets you off. For me, throwing is fun, but making contact is more satisfying. Giving people what they "want" for me would be like walking the dart over to the dartboard and pushing it in. Who cares about that? Connecting without going through the process. No risk, no real contribution. I think getting published is like getting hired. You can have a bull's-eye resume and no one will look at it at all. On the other hand, if you know someone in the community in which you want to work, you can get the job ahead of people who are more qualified than you. Same with books. Write a great book, and then try and interest someone in it. Hard, hard, hard. That's why many novels get published that aren't the best books. The author of the cheap romance novel understood the community, became part of it by making inroads into that world, was able to make genuine contact with an agent or a publisher because they both had the same goal. I'm not going to try to write substandard books. Rather, I want to write the best book I can while ALSO giving something to an audience. For years I only wrote "what I wanted" and almost NOBODY listened. Not friends, nor family, nor fans. If they did, they had very little to say back to me. I got almost no feedback, or I got feedback about my "talent" instead of the work. Because of these results, I had to question what I was doing. Who was I writing for, and why? What was different about what I was doing and what Bruce Springsteen was doing? Or James Joyce? He's obscure as obscure gets, but he somehow reached people. Why? These questions are essential, even if the answer doesn't change what you're doing.
Hi, Adam Cole Watchers, You probably noticed I haven't been here in quite a few weeks. Yes, I've been busy. Yes, family and job calls. But no. I've been avoiding you. I haven't been keeping my promise, not to you, or to myself. I'm still doing things according to my old pattern. Submit a few things all at once, get rejected, and then sulk for a year. Well, here's what I think about that: First of all, I'm beginning to understand how people get published. They get published the same way they get a job. They are part of a community, and they write for that community about something they know the community will value. I do not write for the communities of which I am a part. At least not usually. More often I write for a larger, imaginary community. Then I look for someone I imagine might want it in their community. I'm not part of a writer's group, or a poet's group, or any group. Just this group...us. Is that okay? I don't know. All I know is I write, and I write, and I can't stop writing, and some of what I write I simply imagine will be valuable to some people that I haven't met yet. It isn't a very good way to get published, but it's a great way to keep writing. For me, anyway. So here's what I'm thinking: I need to keep writing what I want, and self-publishing it, because it's for you. Okay, so it may only reach a couple people, may never recoup its cost. But them's the breaks. It's for THIS community. My community in my head. I can't just let it sit there. I have to at least get it out. And I don't think I can fit it into anyone else's community. I think that will be a waste of my time and effort. At least at this point. On the other hand, I can't just give up trying to get published by other people. I have to...whew, this is hard...I have to get into a community, become part of a community, maybe value the communities I'm in. And write for them. That makes me a lot more vulnerable, more accountable, more publishable. So I'm going to be self-publishing some of this stuff that I think is good that belongs to those people that know me and want to read what I have to say. And I'm also going to keep looking for where I belong. Begin to change my writing, find out what community I'm in, or could be in. okay? Love, Adam
Dear AC Watchers, Here's a little preliminary listen to what we did on Febrary 28th! Go to my music tab and find three songs, recorded by my friend Craig Gendreau (and nicely mixed by him). We're shooting for a slightly higher-quality mix later, but now you can at least hear some of what we got. Enjoy! Adam
My Woodwind Quintet is done. It only took me 18 years to write it. And it's only 12 minutes long. That's...what...1 1/2 years for each minute of the piece? Go to my music page to hear it. Let me know what you think. Love, Adam
Now that you've seen Adam Cole produce an album in a single month... It's time to see your favorite cover band once more, the Wipes, this time doin' music FOR THE GROWNUPS! Yes, the Wipes are performing to benefit the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool, and this time we're takin' no prisoners. Eurythmics, Police, Jayhawks, James, Springsteen, all the tunes you never thought you'd hear us do. The event is free and open to the public. Lots of amazing items to see and bid on, lots of great things to eat and drink. You won't see the Wipes like this again, so check us out while we're still ADULTS!!! Go to http://www.gpcp.org for all the details! Love, Adam

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