Not sure about you, but I’m not a big TV buff.
I’m not even that much of a radio buff…
Commercial radio that is.
In fact, last year I treated myself to Sirius XM just to get away from the opportunity to listen to a song or two between jumbo-sized strings of non-clever, droning commercials.
EVERYONE wants to fix me or push drugs at me.
If it isn’t that, it’s constant hype.
I was just telling my wife the other day how even the weather reporting is jumping on the drama scene.
Used to be when you had a weather alert, there was actually some bad weather coming.
I get alerts on my phone from the National Weather Center…
Like the one we’re in as I type this note.
Two severe thunderstorm warnings within an hour.
Warnings are supposed to be when storms are practically on top of you and it’s more than just conditions are ripe.
It’s the second one issued within the hour, and it’s just raining with a few rumbles.
No big deal. Two minutes and the alerts expire.
But dollars to donuts, if I look at the alert, they’ll blather on about possible 60-mile and hour wind, baseball sized hail…
All those warnings to get away from windows and such.
And what’s with the Tor:Con stuff?
When did that become a thing anyway.
Everything is a hyped up thing to keep you stressed and trying to get your attention.
Used to be, when the sirens went off in town, you took them seriously because they meant something. You grabbed your favorite guit-fiddle, hard drive backups, and a few other necessities, and hauled your booty to the basement in a hurry.
Now? You make a cup and the patio door flings open to have a good look around.
I’ve actually gotten to trust the birds in the yard before any weather alert.
When the alerts blow off on my phone and the birds are at the feeder and otherwise singing in the old willow out back?
It’s business as usual.
If they get quiet when things are darkening up outside? Then I take weather seriously.
All those alerts… stress, stress, stress…
Even with songwriting.
You see so much about writer’s block.
I guess there has to be hype in every area of life…
But I refuse to buy into all that.
Especially writer’s block.
It’s just a big gigantic wonder to me.
Just like the weather alerts we just got.
They should call it severe wonderstorm warning.
It’s a wonder why they waste the drama when we really need it for when weather is really swirling out there.
To me it’s crying … “WOLF!”
Same goes for writer’s block.
It’s a big wonder why people buy into it.
Are there times we’re stumped?
Yeah, but hardly a blockage.
Well, it’s all in July’s Tune Booster and how to make sure you never buy into the notion you have writer’s block ever again.
Save that for some writer wannabe.
Get July’s issue before it goes bye-bye.
That, my friend, is a real alert. https://www.tunesmithtips.com/tunebooster/