Many local bands opt to hibernate during the winter months – understandable considering how challenging it can be to get music fans out in the snow and cold. Add traffic to the equation and the infinite menu of other entertainment options and you might almost want to go into sleep mode indefinitely. But don’t do it.
Incubation > Hibernation
Hibernation, by definition, implies spending time in an inactive or dormant state. Not a very constructive use of your time. At the very least, hibernation to you should imply “doing things indoors” (like playing indoor gigs, recording, rehearsing, re-inventing). The last thing you should be doing is sleeping.
Incubation, as an alternative, implies “maintaining something under favorable conditions” for development, improvement, and the inspiration to hit the pavement when springtime comes again. But don’t sit on a goose or albatross egg – that’ll only bring you down. Instead, sit on your creativity and passion, sit on your talents and skills, maybe dwell on your marketing plan, your personnel, or your next big move.
Here’s what you can do if you incubate:
A long winter…will the Broncos see their shadow?
The old sports-minded, stock show cowtown image of Denver may give you the impression that you should just go dormant in winter. And it’s true that if the Broncos make it to a Superbowl, it could put the kibosh on some of your plans (but probably not anytime in the near future). So make some goals, create a few to-do lists and delegate. Try to identify your biggest weaknesses and maybe turn them into your greatest strengths? For Colorado, spring is always in the air – get ready for the thaw and get busy!