Episode 7: Ernie Halter – “Perfection Sperfection”
Welcome to Episode 7! This has to be one of my favorite episodes!
I can’t even tell you how excited I am for the guest of this month’s episode. A few years back, I was wandering about the internet, listening to music on Pandora and this man’s song, “Whisper” came on my speakers. I remember thinking, “Holy crap! This is a great song!” as I listened to more and more of his music, I found myself having the same reaction to every single song. If you know me at all, you may know that if I ever have to fill out an “Influences” section about my music, his name always goes on the list. He is not only incredibly successful – he is incredibly busy – AND he has a family, which does include 2 year old twins, who are awesomely referred to as “The Twinjas”.
He is non-other than the amazing Ernie Halter.
I got the opportunity to sit down with Ernie (via Skype) and talk about his process of songwriting. We got to talk about what he does about writers block and how he deals with it. He even tells probably one of the coolest stories about a song that I have ever heard.
My favorite piece of advice? Release perfectionism! Just finish the song. Be accountable and set deadlines.
I felt so inspired after recording this episode because I know that is something that I get caught in sometimes. This silly loop of “it’s gotta be perfect” blah blah blah. Just finish! Do what you can with where you are at in this current moment.
I truly love recording these episodes because every time I do, I learn something new. It’s more for me than it is for you. Ha! Sorry!
You can check out Ernie’s website – www.erniehalter.com
Like him on Facebook – www.facebook.com/ErnieHalterMusic
Follow him on Twitter @ErnieHalter
You can see some of his videos on YouTube – www.youtube.com/user/ernell42
Also, all of Ernie’s music is available HERE on iTUNES
Make sure you check out Ernie’s “52 Song Club”
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PS: Here is that quote that Ernie was quoting–
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”