Practice time.

The paradox in today's society is that we all say quality matters yet let things slide out the gate when it's time to release.

Now, metrics matter more than quality. Instagram likes and Snapchat game are more important than the music itself. 'Band guys' with stage presence are hired more than actual musicians.

No artist wants to believe that, but that's what their actions tell us.

If you don't believe me, go listen to Paul Simon or Joni Mitchell...Then listen to the radio. Watch Foo Fighters live. Then watch a Christian version. :-)

When I was a student, I had a music teacher that no matter how good I thought I was playing, he would find something I could be doing better. It was a constant strive for perfection. And that's the way it should be. I needed that.

Many young artists spend too much time on Instagram and not enough time in the woodshed. As much as I preach about treating your artistry as a business, sometimes it is NOT the time to market. Sometimes, it's time to practice.