Responding to a recent Bob Lefsetz rant on The Power Of No ("You have to value yourself. You have to trust yourself."), Goddess Of Music D.I.Y. Amanda Palmer shared how saying "YES!" has fueled her career: "We said yes to every gig, no matter what it was... we said yes to every fan who wanted our time and attention...".
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this is what the dresden dolls did:
we said yes to every gig, no matter what it was.
(it meant playing in some really, really bizarre situations, often to crowds of ghosts.)
we said yes to every fan who wanted our time and attention after every/any bizarre gig we played in every art gallery, basement, shit bar, loft and convention. (it meant staying often 3 hours after every gig to sign and talk to and hug our fans. often outside in the rain or cold because the venue ejected us).
we said yes to every local band or performer who reached out to make friends & join forces, even if they couldn't squeeze on the stage. (it meant putting a lot of our new performer friends on the sidewalks and in the lobbies of our gigs near the power outlets and explaining to the venues that "this is how we do things").
we said yes to anybody who wanted to help our cause and we tried to make it easy to help. and we thanked people effusively for every offer, no matter how distant or strange, whether we took the offer or not. we said thank you and yes to people who offered to feed us, give us crash space, or get us on their radio station or interview us for thier fanzine. (it meant, and still means, a lot of time on the email).
the only thing we said no to was taking a break from touring.
oh yeah...and once we turned down an offer to put one of our songs on a free camel cigarettes "alternative music" compilation. gag me.
on the topic of YES: you were asking where the musicians were at #Occupy.
jeff magnum played #occupywallst, I just played #occupyboston... 50 arrested last night. we're here, and getting louder.
to the musicians who are listening: don't wait to be fucking invited. nobody will invite you. grab your instrument, tell your fans & people ... and just go. sing. go. the whole world is watching.
amanda fucking palmer
photo from ActiveStills.org