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3 Ways to Tell It's Time to Hit Pause on Your Music Career

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All artists experience hardships in their careers. There's always a question of whether to persevere or quit. The obvious answer, at least most times, is to soldier on. Often, we find success at the limits of our endurance, right when we're going to give up.

Sometimes, though, stepping away for a while is the right answer. Of course, it's always possible a temporary break turns into a permanent one – and, sometimes, that may be for the best. Only you can decide if and when to come back. Regardless, here are three ways to tell if you need to take a break from making music – at least temporarily.

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May 22, 2017 06:00 AM

Allison Johnelle Boron

4 Rock 'n' Roll Road Trips to Take This Summer

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The wanderlust-inspiring days of summer are fast approaching, and even though the rest of your year might be occupied recording or touring, you're probably also looking for a warm-weather escape. Luckily, road trips are usually easy to convert into day trips, especially when they're located within driving distance of major cities. When your destination is music-centric, it makes all the more sense to take a little time off.

Here are five trip ideas tailor-made for musicians and creative types. If you've got a favorite destination, be sure to share it with us in the comments!

6 Things That Successful People Do That You Should Adopt For Every Morning

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A huge part of being a successful, working musician is learning from and following the lead of others. I’m not necessarily saying you need to start copying sounds and styles of your fellow artists, but you should look at what others – not just musicians – do to become their best selves.

There are a lot of little things that are helpful for becoming more productive, creative, focused, and in the end, successful. While they aren’t all easy, these six actions are at least worth trying.

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Mar 15, 2017 06:00 AM

Jhoni Jackson

7 Irritating Things Every Musician Deals With

Image via Stocksnap.io.Feeling like an outsider around your non-musician friends? Perpetually working but somehow always-and-forever broke? These are the kind of issues that, as an independent musician, are often universally unavoidable. We deal with them because we love what we do, but that doesn't mean we've got to fully submit to them, either. 

Commiserate by reading our top seven gripes below, and feel free to add your own in the comments.

5 Times Music Changed the Course of History

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Regardless of how you feel about America's current government, it’s clear that the political situation in the US is becoming increasingly heated. Whenever you turn on the news, there seems to be some new controversial political development. It certainly feels like we’re living through a major historical moment right now.

Through the power of social media, musicians are making their voices heard on political issues. It's certainly not the first time artists have chimed in on the political climate. Throughout history, you’ll find examples of music and musicians playing a big role in a number of major world events.

From the French Revolution to the Arab Spring, here are some examples of times when music has changed the course of history.