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Practical Presentation Pointers

In Best Practices, D.I.Y., Music, Music Business, Musician, Networking, Singing, Social Media, Songwriting, Try this, You HAVE to on May 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Image is everything …
Put your best foot forward …
You only have one chance to make a first impression …

Sayings like this have been swirling around the world for centuries. Do we pay attention to them? Do they apply to someone trying to make their mark in the music business? Are we ready at all times to leave a lasting impression? Good or bad, the way we carry and present ourselves will leave a mark. Read the rest of this entry »

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Work What Your Mama Gave Ya

In Best Practices, Music Business, nashville, Songwriting on April 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

momInteresting title for what you are about to read… We are taught very basic skills from birth:

  1. Say please and thank you
  2. Mind your manners, be polite
  3. Always be on time
  4. Respect your elders
  5. Encourage your friends

These life skills and guiding principals, along with many others I am sure, are instilled in us as children.  However somewhere between childhood and “know-it-all adulthood” people forget the simple graces of social interaction and begin to think that these rules don’t apply and that they can do it better. Read the rest of this entry »

One As Beautiful As You

In Hear this, Lyrics, Music, See this, Songwriting on April 9, 2012 at 7:30 am

vangogh_self_portraitGrowing up in high school I ran with the crowd that thought it was cool to listen to retro music.  Artists like James Taylor, Janis Joplin, and Don McLean.  Listening to this music takes me back to a time when I thought about life and all its possibilities.  The poetic lyrics allowed my mind to dive in to search for the story they are telling between the lines.

I remember Mr. Phillips, teacher from my Gifted and Talented class from grade 7 – 12.  He is one of the champions of my life.  He was so inspirational.  Learning and self-discovery “turned him on” and he gave that passion to us.  Whether is was a movie, a book, a poem, a song lyric, he always challenged us to go deeper.  “What else could it mean?”  In a literal world full of rules, regulations, and black & white answers, that class helped my mind break free of the obvious answers in life. Read the rest of this entry »

“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 »

Hope For Music: The DIY Generation

In Best Practices, D.I.Y., Facebook, Industry News, Music, Music Business, Musician, nashville, Performance, Singing, Social Media, Songwriting, Trends, Try this, Twitter, You HAVE to, YouTube on March 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm

“If the milk industry can make their product seem sexy and increase consumer demand, there must be hope for music.” Gary Arnold, Merchandising Manager, Best Buy.  Using that logic, the hope that Spring evokes in all of us should be doubled in the hearts of those fighting the good fight in the ever changing landscape of the music business. Read the rest of this entry »

RELEASE: The Vespers To Release “The Fourth Wall” April 3rd

In Ability, expression, harmony/BGVs, Industry News, Know This, Lyrics, Music Business, Musician, nashville, People that Rock, Singing, Songwriting, You HAVE to on March 20, 2012 at 7:17 am

Two Sisters, Two Brothers – Create Infectious Folk-Pop.

The Vespers are one of those lucky young bands who are becoming a word of mouth sensation though they’ve only quietly self-released one record. With two sisters on lead vocals and two brothers filling out the sound, the foursome are distinguished by an arsenal of instruments and the kind of harmony only siblings can create. They have toured from Boston to Austin, hitting everything from festivals to college campuses. On The Fourth Wall out April 3rd, they Read the rest of this entry »

Mary Gauthier: The Foundling

In Best Practices, Best Practices, Favorite Song, Hear this, Industry News, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music Advocate, Music Business, People that Rock, Performance, Songwriting, You HAVE to on March 12, 2012 at 1:03 am

Just now coming down from the musical high that The International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis delivered, we bring you a conference highlight – Mary Gauthier (pronounced GOH-shay).  Let’s start with a quick wiki bio to open you up to who Mary is; at least briefly in black and white…

Gauthier was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Given up at birth by a mother she never knew, Gauthier was adopted by an Italian Catholic couple in Thibodaux, Louisiana. At age 15, she ran away from home, and spent the next several years in drug rehabilitation, halfway houses, and living with friends; she spent her 18th birthday in a jail cell. Read the rest of this entry »

We Will FOLK You: 24th Annual International FOLK Alliance Conference 2012

In Ability, Best Practices, Best Practices, Industry News, Know This, Lyrics, Music, Music Business, Musician, Networking, People that Rock, Performance, Singing, Songwriting, Try this, You HAVE to on February 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

There is no shortage of music, talent or heart at the 24th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference.  Singer-Songwriters, artists, gypsies, an array of musical instruments and lyrical styles takes over the downtown Marriott of Memphis, TN. We will, we will folk you! Read the rest of this entry »

DAVE PERKINS SCORES DEADLINE: Music featured at Soundtrack Release Concert Feb. 12

In Film/TV, Industry News, Music, Music Business, Musician, nashville, People that Rock, Songwriting, You HAVE to on February 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm

The murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama has gone unpunished, unsolved and uninvestigated for almost twenty years. But that changes when Nashville Times reporter Matt Harper meets an idealistic blue blood bent on discovering the truth. Harper undertakes the investigation despite the opposition of his publisher, violent threats from mysterious forces, a break-up with his fiancee and his father’s cancer diagnosis. Deadline is a story of murder, family, race, and of redemption – for a small Southern town and for Matt Harper. Read the rest of this entry »

Chasing Summer

In Co-writing, harmony/BGVs, Hear this, Industry News, Live Music Venue, Lyrics, Melody, Music, Music Business, Performance, Singing, Songwriting, You HAVE to on February 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Sun. Cool breezes. Warmth. Eternal Summer. What would life be like if you never encountered Winter’s seasonal chill? Evading the brittle trees waiting for leaves and snow covered ground dreaming of green would place you in a category of gypsies chasing Summer. With a good travel agent, you could traverse the globe in search of mild climates, always landing in sunshine… never seeing Winter again.  That’s what Tammy Rochelle and Joseph Bamber have in mind. Read the rest of this entry »

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