That Jesus Dude

“That Jesus Dude”                   The year was 1986. I was a freshman in college and laying the ground work to attend my very first concert. I was flat broke so like any good college freshman I asked my dad for the ticket money. And like any good […]

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Making music your career is hard.

Making music your career is hard. If it were easy everyone would do it. But realizing why it’s hard will help you maintain your sanity throughout the process. Primarily it’s hard for two reasons: 1) Quite simply, perfecting the art of playing an instrument is hard. It’s just not that easy to be great at […]

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Social Media

I was talking with an acclaimed 40-year-old artist recently. This guy has played with some of the greats in the business, performed on the late night talk shows, toured the world and back, and is revered by his peers as a highly skilled musician. We were discussing social media — specifically Facebook and Twitter. He […]

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Don’t move to L.A.

…Or New York, or Nashville, for that matter. I have met so many bands over the years that have prematurely uprooted from their hometown and moved to Los Angeles, New York, or Nashville. This does not mean you should never move there. Just don’t move there yet. There are great opportunities in music cities like […]

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It’s YOUR music. Make it personal.

I’ve always appreciated the songwriting of Allison Moorer. Allison is wife to Steve Earle and sister of Shelby Lynne. She received an Academy Award nomination for her song “A Soft Place to Fall,” which was in Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer. She did the single version of Kid Rock’s song “Picture” (most people know the […]

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Vienna: the artist, not the city

The night Rounder Records came to hear Vienna Teng. Every musician reading this should set aside some time to study the career of Vienna Teng. Research her on the Internet. She is a singer, a songwriter, and a pianist. Her story is absolutely amazing, and should be taught to anyone hoping to have a career […]

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Everyone is smarter than you

Everyone is smarter than you about something.  Seriously, understand this basic concept as it applies to the music business and you’ll be amazed at what you can learn. Think of the biggest idiot you know.  Someone that you feel is just plain stupid.  Even that person knows something that you don’t.  And because you spend […]

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Forming A Band

Q: Afton from Mobile, AL asks: I am a singer/songwriter and interested in forming a band around my songs. Any suggestions on how to go about doing this? A: Some say that a band is like a marriage between a group of people. In the beginning, when you’re a young solo artist, it’s more like […]

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Notice “The Moments”

Study the careers of great musicians and you will discover the moments that changed their lives.  Almost anyone who shines in their respective field, whether they be business people, entrepreneurs, actors, or inventors can tell you about their life changing moments. Notice your moments and why they are so life changing. Study the people or events behind […]

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Co-writing and Copyrighting

Q: Alan from Boston, MA asks:  Should I copyright my songs? A: I believe you mean to ask, “Should I register my songs with the United States Copyright Office?” because technically your songs are already copyrighted when you write them.  Once you write your song down or record it, your song is in fact copyrighted. […]

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