This email came in today, and I wondered if anyone might like to help answer it?
this is probably your four hundreth request to listen my words lyrics poems this week, so hi my name’s john veasay i write poems and short stories anything really at the moment im putting my poems etc to music samples, so i have attached some to this email. i would be pleased if you could listen to them,i know time is precious,i just would like some advice any help on how to get my work heard. thanks tom for your time, you may ask why did i email you id love to lie and say because your tom robinson but my first point of entry was i’m two years older than you so if this guy is doing it maybe be theres a glimmer of hope for me a chink of light there.
If you have any advice or suggestions for John, you can email him via this temporary address: email@example.com. He did send me a fourth track, but it sampled “Morning Has Broken” so I can’t legally include it here for your listening pleasure. My own reply to his email is below:
Publishing your spoken word pieces on this blog is the best and quickest way I can think of to help with your request. It may sound blindingly obvious, but if you want to get your work heard, the first thing is to put it somewhere people can hear it.
It cost nothing to set up the above Soundcloud page and took moments. The same is true of Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Facebook, Twitter and pretty much every other social networking platform. At the moment the only trace of you when googling the name “John Veasay” is this page – but at least that’s a start.
Age is no excuse. Take an independent artist like “Dogman” David Sands – he may be a middle-aged family man with grown-up children, but he’s constantly writing, recording and sharing his music with anyone who wants to listen. And a good many do: he collaborates on musical projects with other writers and musicians from all over the world.
Dave didn’t sit around wishing someone else would wave a magic wand or give him a break – he just rolled up his sleeves, learned how to network, collaborate and publish his music online – and got on with it.
Why not do the same ?