Sure, you see that your buddy has thousands of spins, and somehow they got on a playlist, and you're wondering how the hell they do it!? Deserving or not, there are ways to get on the playlist, and it comes down to the same thing that always does, a little extra preparation and a lot of luck.
Even during our current lockdown, we can support other acts. It's as simple as talking! Start today! Pick and local band and follow the crap outta them!
The rhythm hand deserves some extra love! Stop telling yourself that someone will take care of the heavy lifting with guitar. Stop being the weak link in the band. Learn to play the damn guitar! It's nothing complicated, so don't feel overwhelmed. You just need to dedicate a little additional focus on specific techniques.
I wanted to take a step away from the killer music advice I'm giving (I wish I had that much pride) and I wanted to share with you a post I found from back in 2013. I'm happy to say I still believe this. It's strange to think how much we change. I always answer to the same name though. I have a few more memories, a few more scars, seen and unseen. I'm happy to have all of them. I have come to learn that I am not the body I have, that gets hairy and sleepy, it gets a little more grey every day. I'm not the memories or the past that made me. I'm the values and beliefs I hold and share. In some shape or way, that makes me immortal I guess. I will live on through the love and hope and strength that I share. Long after my body is covered by dirt and the few streams of music dissipate into white noise. There's a certain sweetness to the pain that love causes now.