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Saturday Side Hustle: Re-Introduction

I am a lawyer, a scientist and a songwriter. Before I was a lawyer, I was a scientist and a songwriter. Before I was a scientist, I was a college student and a songwriter. Before I was a college student, I was a teenager and a songwriter. Before that, I was just a creative kid.

When I was in college, I majored in biology, wrote songs and played the guitar in bands. When I was in graduate school, I kept playing the guitar in bands and then joined one with someone who could actually sing (there are a few of those), and we became songwriting collaborators. I took a sabbatical from graduate school, where luckily, I had an extremely supportive and understanding mentor who helped me keep my toe in the waters of vaccine development as I rode around in a bus with five other guys and a St. Bernard for close to two years. That was how I made a living at the time.

This was in the late 1990s before the Internet really enabled the kind of rapid promotion and dissemination of content that it now offers to artists and the public in general. Maybe our timing was off, or maybe we just weren’t that good, but in any event, that project petered out, and we all took up our prior vocations. In my case, I started law school a couple of years later while working as a technology developer.

I share this story as a prelude to a revival of my Saturday Side Hustle blog. I posted fifty articles in this series up until the summer before last, when I decided it needed some focus. At one point, I did a few articles related to copyright and the music industry, but I covered many other topics as well. I have decided now to return to coverage of music industry topics in this new SSH blog series, and I hope to provide several articles that will be of interest to songwriters in particular.

This series will coincide with some self-rediscovery. I have a couple of my guitars sitting behind me, and I haven’t picked them up enough lately. I’m going to commit to changing that and learning what I can do as a songwriter to have that vocation be a more meaningful part of my life. For those of you who write songs, you understand that you never really lose the desire to do that, but as you get older, your time to devote to it diminishes, especially if you have a family.

In this series, I will cover topics such as copyright, collaboration, the Internet, artist associations and new technologies such as non-fungible tokens that artists can leverage to help promote themselves or find collaborators or performers. I’m really looking forward to this journey, as it’s long overdue. I hope that those of you who read these articles will find them interesting and that you will look to me for advice if you need it to move forward.

Author: Scott Lloyd, Esq.
Articles have been Reprinted with permission from the charlotte observer and Mike Hunter.

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