Blog Posts

Here are numerous blog posts I’ve written. There are plenty more where these came from.

The Funk Brothers and their Motown legacy (Feb 2017 – Disc Makers)
We mark the end of Black History Month remembering The Funk Brothers – the astounding musicians who made the Motown record label what it was: a hit-making machine, and the highest-earning African-American business for many years.
The Super Bowl halftime show is the weirdest gig on earth (Jan 2017 – Disc Makers)
The Super Bowl halftime show: Remind me again… why is there a concert in the middle of a football game?
12 noteworthy posthumous record releases (Jan 2017 – Disc Makers)
Mozart not only had a new release, he technically has the biggest selling CD of 2016. We look at 12 notable posthumous record releases of original material.
Eight more for the road: 30 rock trios across seven decades (Sept 2016 – Disc Makers)
Part 3 of our series profiling rock trios adds a little more variety and brings our total to 30 all-time great threesomes.
Let Your Story Reveal Itself To You (Nov 2015 – BookBaby)
Much of the joy and discovery of creative writing comes from the process itself. I’m finding inspiration and motivation from the very characters I’ve created.
Am I Really An Author? (Nov 2015 – BookBaby)
NaNoWriMo may be just the thing to turn you from a writer into an author. You just need to overcome the internal demons and distractions, turn on your creative writing motor, and get your story written.
Nine (more) tantalizing rock trios (Sept 2016 – Disc Makers)
In the second of our three-part series, we include a few obvious choices from the rock trio catalog, listed in the order of their formation, plus a few that stray from the mainstream. Have fun reliving memories and finding new musicians to enjoy, three at a time.
Thirteen rock trios that changed music (Aug 2016 – Disc Makers)
Whether through punk rock deconstruction or progressive rock theatrics, rock trios have a special place in the tapestry of popular music, and we pay tribute to 13 pioneering three-piece bands.
The Indie Artist’s Guide to Gigging: Booking Strategies (July 2016 – Disc Makers)
Excerpted from our updated Indie Artist’s Guide To Gigging, this section focuses on booking strategies for acts trying to gain momentum and widen their base.
27 music icons and musicians who died in 2016 (March 2016 – Disc Makers)
2016 will go down in history for many reasons, not the least of which is the toll it took on popular music. With icons like Prince, David Bowie, George Martin, and a host of others, we pay tribute and remember 25 musicians who died in 2016.
Formatting Your Manuscript for eBook Distribution (Jan 2017 – Disc Makers)
Between the writing and eBook distribution steps comes the conversion to ePub step, and properly formatting your manuscript goes a long way toward how smoothly the conversion process will go.
Disc Makers is celebrating its 70th anniversary (March 2016 – Disc Makers)
When I tell people I’ve been at Disc Makers for 20 years, they often assume that’s when the company was founded. When I say, “No, no, no – Disc Makers has been around for 70 years,” it’s usually followed by a strange silence.
Guitar icons and the Gibson Flying V guitar (Feb 2016 – Disc Makers)
There are so many iconic guitarists who have made their mark on music history using a Gibson Flying V. Here’s a look at just a few of the guitarists who have shaped – or have been shaped by – this guitar’s enduring appeal.
The history of the incomparable Gibson Flying V guitar (Feb 2016 – Disc Makers)
Of the various iconic guitars in music history, the Gibson Flying V holds a special place in the hearts of guitarists and the lore of the electric guitar.
Crowdfunding For Authors (Sept 2015 – BookBaby)
For established and first-time writers, a crowdfunding campaign can be a great way to generate excitement and raise money to self-publish a book. We spoke with Guy Vincent from Publishizer for some insights and advice on crowdfunding for authors.
Is it time to take the plunge or hang up the axe? (Nov 2015 – Disc Makers)
A personal exploration into this writer’s lack of enthusiasm for performing live. It’s been a part of my life for over 30 years – what’s holding me back now?
Music News: Adele breaks sales’ record, Willie Nelson gets Gershwin Award, Shrapnel records catalog acquired by The Orchard (Jan 2016 – Disc Makers)
Book News: Amazons’ Brick & Mortar Store, The SheepOver Gets A Deal, Into The River Gets Banned in New Zealand (Nov 2015 – BookBaby)
Amazon Publishing – Monopoly, New Paradigm, Or Both? (Nov 2011 – BookBaby)
Music news: Happy Birthday’s disputed rights, vinyl vs. streaming, and the last CD-R for Taiyo Yuden (Jan 2016 – Disc Makers)
Book News: eBook Sales, Amazon Typo Warning, Librarian of Congress (Feb 2016 – BookBaby)
Setting up a call to action on your Facebook artist page (July 2015 – Disc Makers)
Facebook marketing tip: With Facebook’s “Call to Action” button, you’re one click closer to converting fans to buy your CDs, merch, and tickets.
How vinyl records work Disc Makers
Pay everyone but the musician Disc Makers
12 musicians who died in 2014 Disc Makers
An independent musician needs to make CDs Disc Makers
Ear Fatigue and Mixing Music – Know the Signs, Avoid Mistakes Disc Makers
Singing Tips – Don’t Tax Your Voice Before a Vocal Performance Disc Makers
Music Festivals: Four stage collapses lead to deaths and injuries Disc Makers
Pre-Production and Your Recording Disc Makers
The 360 Deal – the music industry’s scary monster Disc Makers
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Is organic broccoli alternative medicine? Vitamindre Massage Therapy
What does a massage license mean? Vitamindre Massage Therapy
ePub 3 Explained: Features of the New eBook Format BookBaby
The Best eBook Reader: eReader Devices and Tablets Compared BookBaby
Your Home Studio Mix – Recording Tips For Better Results Deering Banjos
One Big Gig Can Get You Heard Above The Fray MusicDish
Staying In Touch With Your Fans MusicDish
Breaking Up The Band MusicDish
CD sales by indie artists are still growing OK Music News

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