Thinking Out Loud – Does Your Physical Location Matter?

Does it? Does the area where you write, compose, practice, perform, work, etc. matter?

Even though most music is heard now online through streaming services or video channels, does the location where you are at determine your exposure?

This has been on my mind a lot since a close friend visited me. We talked about the where each of us live and how different the arts/music scene is. Then we discussed if we ever felt like we were swimming upstream against the current of the music scene.

Even though I am no sociologist to back-up my claim, I do believe the area you live in greatly impacts what you do in music. For one, the music scene (being what are the most popular genres – either commercial, underground, or classical) and ideologies will play a roll in your sound, since you will be exposed to it all the time. And for better or worse, the mood of the city you live it will become a great role in your writing. Performing in a town where the general population is not a fan of the genre of music you perform will draw a small following. Regardless of how much you promote yourself online, without loyal friends in your area, it has no foundation to grow.

Maybe that’s why I have such an “urge for going,” to find a new scene that has a similar taste as I do in music and arts.

Just thinking out loud.

Author: Bryan M. Waring

Bryan Waring is a graduate of USM's School of Music with a B.M. in Performance – Composition and is now attending Belmont University for a M.M. in Commercial Media – Composition & Arranging. During his time at USM, he studied violin with Dino Liva and composition with Dr. Daniel Sonenberg, as well as has premiered several pieces during the semiannual Composer's Ensemble concert series. In 2017, Bryan was a writer for the original musical theater work of "Molded By The Flow," directed by Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert. Outside of school, Bryan has been involved with writing music for videogame developers at Portland's CI2 Lab, collaborating with the King Tide Party, and studying with Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs) in San Diego. Now living in Nashville. Along with composing, Bryan teaches music to children, receiving the Master Teacher Award for his work at ESF Camps; and does audio engineering for live ensembles. Besides talents in music, Bryan is a team-player in any competitive work environment; equipped with skills in leadership, organization, mathematics, creativity, communication, and managing. On the side, Bryan has worked as a model for several skilled artists in the New England area. Among his other accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in April 2013 with a project of building a side parking area with guide rails for Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, CT.

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