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“Brick and Mortar and Love” Added to the Nashville Film Festival

In Art, Film/TV, Industry News, Music, Music Business, nashville, See this, Trends, You HAVE to on March 27, 2012 at 6:49 am

Growing up in South Jersey, I didn’t know there was such a thing as a music business – it was just me and Barbara (Streisand that is) in my dining room with vinyl records and headphones. I just thought people sang through the radio and on stage. I never gave any mind to the massive machine behind the curtain. I wasn’t aware that you could track trends, study best practices, and redo what others had done before (only better) and rake in the big $$$. Read the rest of this entry »

KICKStart Your Next Creative Project

In Art, Best Practices, Internet, Money, Music, Music Business, Musician, nashville, Trends, Try this, You HAVE to on March 20, 2011 at 10:16 pm

When the members of Herrick brainstormed ways to raise money for their next music project – they decided to go with Kickstarter.com.  Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.

Kickstarter believes that… Read the rest of this entry »

Help! I’m Not Creative Anymore!!

In Art, Best Practices, creativity, mind, Music, nashville, Performance, Ponder this, Try this, You HAVE to on July 9, 2010 at 6:00 am

“Help!  I have lost my spark, my zen, my reason for being?  Creativity is gone and living in someone else’s soul.  I haven’t painted in weeks.  I don’t write songs anymore.  Why sing a song that no one listens to.  Photography, what’s that?!”

Sound familiar, not feeling productive lately?  Don’t worry, your passion isn’t permanently gone.  Read the rest of this entry »

Curiosity Might Have Killed the Cat, But It Makes a Musician (pt. 2)

In Art, creativity, Curiosity, expression, Life Around Me, Lyrics, mind, Music, Musician, Perspective, Ponder this, Singing, Songwriting, You HAVE to on March 19, 2010 at 6:00 am

Read Part 1

Curiosity leads to problem solving. This need to find, understand, and define life is the main motivation of many scientists. In its development as wonder or admiration, it is generally curiosity that makes a human being want to become an expert in a field of knowledge.   Dr. Ben Dean of the University of Pennsylvania says this, “Curiosity is associated with intelligence and problem-solving ability.  Read the rest of this entry »

Curiosity Might Have Killed the Cat, But It Makes a Musician

In Art, creativity, Curiosity, expression, Life Around Me, Lyrics, mind, Music, Musician, Perspective, Ponder this, Singing, Songwriting, You HAVE to on March 18, 2010 at 10:49 am

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.  Curiosity has its own reason for existing.  One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.  It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day.  Never lose a holy curiosity,” Albert Einstein.  This “holy curiosity” might have killed the cat, but it is the very fiber of creative musicians.  Read the rest of this entry »

Buskers Should Stay Grassroots

In Art, Know This, Life Around Me, Music, Musician, nashville, People that Rock, Singing, You HAVE to on December 10, 2009 at 10:44 am

On any given day, as you stroll Lower Broadway (Nashville, TN) the harmony of scratchy voices and out of tune guitars fills the air.  This pleasure is afforded virtually free of charge by the colorful individuals who are officially called “buskers.”  Busking is the practice of performing in public places for tips and gratuities.  Busking, or street performing can be just about anything that people find entertaining.   From acrobatics and card tricks to comedy, dance and even putting on a flea circus, buskers keep the streets of major towns unpredictably entertaining.

When was the last time you stopped to listen to these sometimes overlooked and under-appreciated  individuals?  Particularly in Nashville, buskers plays banjos, fiddles, cellos, guitars, harmonicas, and more; better than most people.  Read the rest of this entry »

Put A Little Sparkle In Your Life!

In Art, nashville, People that Rock, See this on September 16, 2009 at 8:40 am
One of Jillenes creations

One of Jillene's creations

As a starving artist here in Nashville you find creative ways to stay afloat.  When people like Brad Paisley or Faith Hill are interviewed you always hear the funny stories of how they sold knives, or painted houses and even walked dogs to make the ends meet.  I am certainly no exception to the rule.

For almost two months I signed up to be a direct marketer and sold t-shirts for money outside of major stores like Walmart and Kroger.  I was the person that made you think you came to that store for the stuff I had on my table.   Read the rest of this entry »

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