A newer song I wrote with a blues feel. I introduced to the band (Arrogant Sage) last week at rehearsal and we performed it admirably for a, “Hey guys, here is something you’ve never played before.” That is the benefit of playing with better players than myself. I have a, “How it was written” and […]
I don’t use Photoshop or Illustrator. But, as a DIY songwriter/performer, I still need to be able to create merchandise. And in order to create merchandise, you need transparent images. What is a transparent image? It is an image that contains a later without any pixels – only information allowing whatever is behind the image […]
Recording with Reaper for Songwriters I’m back at Songsalive! Orange County for another workshop. Rather than technology tools or social media and promotional strategies, I’m going to cover how to record yourself using Reaper – the popular DAW from Cockos. My goal toward the end of last year was to work on the professionalism on […]
FAR-West Conference 2018 This weekend I will be attending the FAR-West conference in Woodland Hills, CA. A couple two or three hundred musicians, songwriters, venue owners, promoters, etc. While Folk music figures prominently, Folk is/has, like most musical genres, experienced a broadening over the past several years – including more blues, rock, country, and even […]
Overview: A simple and free method to create images for your blog and/or social media content. First, An Important PSA Regarding Creation I’ve always been willing to put myself out there. I perform (music), speak, write (books, articles, poetry, essays, etc.), and have even done some acting. In fact, I’m working on a short script […]
On Sunday, I presented to Songsalive!’s LA chapter. The topic title: Online Presence & Promotion for Songwriters & Other Creatives covered a broad strategy for taking your songwriting/music seriously and for creating a more business-like approach to what you do.
I was interviewed by David Andrew Wiebe for his podcast, The Music Entrepreneur. You can check it out by following the link below: http://dawcast.com/episode89/
I updated my press kit this week… well, my songwriter press kit. One of the challenges of my scattered..er.. varied pursuits, is whether I should have a single press/information sheet or multiple one-sheets. I’m scheduling some house concerts and small venue shows over the next few months – plus starting rehearsals with the band for shows […]
Note added 12/18/2017: I noticed quite a bit of traffic coming from Craigslist today. Apparently, someone posted a link to this article. I’d thank them but there is no way to contact them – so, if you make it back here, thank you. I mention this other post below, but in case you miss it, […]
A short-narrative about writing my song, One Night. The song is available as an individual download or as part of “Where I Belong” – a collection of songs you can get here. I explain writing the song here or you can read about it. The song itself and the lyrics can be found below.