Monday, January 28, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
|Had an interesting gig this evening, resulting in my friend DC Bloom (whose gig it was and who let me sit in on a few and sing a couple of my own) overhearing this from a listener during my set:|
"Anyone who doesn't like her voice...is an ANIMAL."
Hehheh! I think that's press kit worthy.
Guiro! Guiro! Guiro!
Friday, January 25, 2008
New York City: United Nations
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Update: It's an Escopetarra!
At the U.N. -- Guitars not Guns
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
|Hello from JFK International Airport. Yeah, I went to New York City |
for the weekend. You know, the usual! I didn't bring a laptop so I
refrained from blogging about the trip while on it. Once I am back in
Austin I will regale you with photos and tales. Plus I was having too
much fun to stop and blog! Imagine that.
Now it's back to Texas and back to work. Some good things are brewing,
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Thoughts on Branding a Business
|Branding a business is a hard task to undertake. You don't just take an afternoon to hammer out a name, logo, and mission statement. I mean, I suppose you could and I'm sure it's happened, but Josh and I have been passing around thoughts and ideas concerning our new project for a couple of weeks now. Well, Josh sends me things and then I think about them and make suggestions, haha. I like my life. Anyway...we'll arrive at our whole package soon, I think. |
Makes me think about how musicians are a little luckier in the business-creation end of things. If you look at every album as a mini-business you are creating, there is a lot of space to change with each project. Instead of having to brand the album, you're almost expected to show up with something new every time. If McDonald's changed their sign or logo every week, customers would get confused. If a musician used the same album cover for every record, people would be confused. That's interesting to me.
Granted, a musician DOES spend a certain amount of time cultivating an image that is consistent so the art doesn't have to be...but being a bit unpredictable is allowed in these circumstances. Maybe that's why we're being very careful about finding a business name, logo, and attitude for our project that sits well for a very long time. So there's freedom in the art and not the business behind it.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
|Yesterday at my guitar lesson Kevin handed me a notebook and told me to write my guitar-playing goals in it for 2008. That was cool, and while I have many scattered goals that pop up in my head at random times ("I should really learn another Zeppelin song"), listing them was challenging but fun. It didn't take long to get the juices flowing.|
One of them is to understand where major, minor, and dominant 7th chords are coming from. Kevin mapped it out and small bits of light were seen, but I am still trudging through fog on that. I think in another few weeks I might begin to get it.
Another goal is to learn an instrumental piece -- to work on fingerstyle, and also just to have a song that I can play that I don't have to sing on, haha. We'll see how that evolves.
So -- interestingly enough, Kevin's got new videos up on Youtube and one of them is a way cool instrumental. There you go. Trends happen. Instrumental is the new black. Put that on a t-shirt and sell it.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Perks of Preparation
|...though today I don't think I could prepare enough. Here's how it all went down:|
- work le day job from 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Lots going on this week in my day job life...nonstop action all day. Left a little late, making me late for...
- picking up my guitar and bass (loathe to leave them in the car all day)...off to...
- a meeting to learn how to use Quickbooks because I am an ACCOUNTING FIEND (ok maybe one day I will be)
- immediately after came a bass lesson, to work on parts for the album
- followed by my songwriters' group lesson, where we started a U2 tune (be still my beating heart I love The Edge. Dan knows how to pick 'em).
Between that there was a couple of conversations with Josh about a new venture for 2008. Sorry to be vague but there's no use in announcing a venture that hasn't ventured yet. We'll launch soon enough.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
iPod blawg no. 3...something's a'brewing
Friday, January 11, 2008
Two Videos in a Row?
Thursday, January 10, 2008
All About Makin' A Record
Digging the Career
|There's a little article on MSN Careers about the fastest growing job sectors these days...Josh sent me the link and I was curious, because I am used to the list consisting of "medical care professional" and "civil engineer" and stuff because, well...we always need those. I like not sneezing and I like driving on bridges.|
I likes the bridges.So I was surprised to see things on this list like:
agents and business managers
music directors and composers
film and video editors
public relations managers
which is kind of neat because the Sol Bourn Institute (we're working on our business plan now and it's a record label but So Much More) is all of that. Granted, we'll be an in-house kinda thing and not selling our PR skillz to major companies or anything, but it's nice to know where the trend is going.
And yes, anthropology. As the article says, they, "study the origin, cultural development and behavior of humans, while archaeologists recover artifacts to gather information about humans." Sounds like a songwriter to me!
Sunday, January 6, 2008
How am I supposed to freelance
|...and own a business if I have no discipline? I think I'm still in vacation mode, which is bad. I get some stuff done, but I'm not regimented. I think I am rebelling against regimentation. I guess the schedule has been erratic for work and class since 3 weeks ago when the Christmas-ness began, and last week was New Year's...so this week will be the first full week of everything. That will be nice. I have much to learn this year. I hope I do ok. The first 4 months will go fast.|
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Um, it's Saturday?
|Oh hello. I'm a little...slack with blogging this week. This post will probably reflect that, as I'm planning on scattering little pieces of slightly interesting information throughout, in hopes one of them will strike your fancy. Plus, we haven't had a list post in a while.|
- I rang in the new year with Dan and porterdavis at Momo's. The p and the d (as I lamely sometimes call porterdavis in my head...and take note there is no one in the band named porter or davis...they're named after Boston subway stations they busked in)...played an awesome show. I was also pretty happy to finally see Band of Heathens play, they're pretty entertaining and great musicians to boot. Also, what up with the fur coat trend? Didn't we get over that in 1992 or something? I saw a LOT of mink coats that night.
- This iPod Touch and its ease of buying stuff from iTunes because it gets wifi...is dangerous. But fun. I was totally bummed that nothing in my CD collection was anything I wanted to listen to this week (don't you HATE that?), so I bought the Iron & Wine "Woman King EP" (the title track is killer), and then Dan alerted me to the Bob Schneider song "Flowerparts" which is pretty amazing too. If you're in need of new music, I recommend it. Dan said it's our new theme song, and I can hang with that.
- I made the new banner at the top of the blog smaller. Josh pointed out that it took up too much of "the fold", and I knew that in my heart of hearts when I made it...and it took me 3 days to get around to fixing it, but there it is. (That was a really long run-on sentence). All of you just let out a collective, "Huh." I like the b&w theme. The goal is to post colorful stuff in the blog, with a tasteful frame around it.
- Today is Artist Market Day! The weather is going to rock. Yay for January in the 70's, hehheh.
- I am reading Timothy Ferriss' book "The 4-Hour Workweek." It's intriguing. I very much am in agreeance that retirement is a lame idea, and people should take mini-retirements all throughout their lives. The thought of looking forward to retirement probably means you're not doing something ideal for you right now, meaning you should probably look into changing that. I hope I'm always doing something challenging and fulfilling and fun enough that I don't WANT to retire. I'm not good at shuffleboard.
I wonder when my first mini-retirement will be. Wait...my second. I had a good 5 months of bumming around after college, including a road trip to Seattle...and then another 4 months of job hunting when I moved to Austin. Except that didn't feel like retirement, it felt like panic. :) My next mini-retirement will be much more purposeful and thoughtful.
What would you do if you had a month to do anything?