Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thanks to all of you for joining still another group. If you haven't already done it or tried and got a bad link, I need you to join my fan site since my record company (Canadian American Records) needs some serious numbers there as they are releasing two singles in April. Please try again:
http://ping.fm/2qh6B
Just click the fan button and enter your e-mail.

posted by Bud @ 11:15 AM
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Time to try again. Please help me out by clicking this link and joining my fan list, if you haven’t already. You’ll only be e-mailed if I play your state or if I have national news. Sure could use your help. There are freebies involved.
http://ping.fm/Gc8GT

posted by Bud @ 12:19 PM
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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Two of my songs are in the rotation on WBPM-FM 92.8 in Kington, NY, between 8:30 and 9AM. This thanks to my former students Brett and Bryan. Canadian American Records, is releasing two of my songs, "Elevator" (Americana) and "Underground (hot AC) to American radio in April.
posted by Bud @ 11:37 AM
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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

I'm on Radio Crystal Blue. Syndication through Free Radio Jackson www.live365.com/stations/freeradiojackson 3/13/10 10pm ET
posted by Bud @ 12:23 PM
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Saturday, March 06, 2010

One of my songs will air on Radio Crystal Blue on 3/8 or 3/9. You can get that at:
http://ping.fm/t8W4j

posted by Bud @ 7:42 PM
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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Some difficulty linking to In Play Films group, the company who is using my song in their feature film "Good For You" try thishttp://ping.fm/UddCB
posted by Bud @ 10:17 AM
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Please support the great new indie film "Good For You" in which I placed my song "Move Me" by joining this Facebook Group: http://ping.fm/n0ubg
posted by Bud @ 7:02 AM
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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Along with a lot of big news this past week, my song "Move Me" has been selected to be in a new indie feature film called "Good For You." http://inplayfilms.com/
posted by Bud @ 6:52 AM
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Back from Millennium Music Conference. Had a successful showcase and made great friends and excellent music biz contacts. Promising meetings with publishing, record company and booking firms. Looking forward to making more progress and showcasing again at Singer Songwriter Cape May next month: http://ping.fm/OCflg
posted by Bud @ 8:36 PM
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Great show at ABC Pub last night. Shared the bill with some amazing people and made good new friends. Had a interesting and perhaps promising discussion with a music publisher yesterday. More networking today.
posted by Bud @ 9:15 AM
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Millennium Music Conference Showcase is at 10pm Friday at ABC Camp Hill.
http://ping.fm/1weev

posted by Bud @ 4:37 PM
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

One of my new songs, "A Way," is being played on Radio Crystal Blue. http://ping.fm/u3T5y
posted by Bud @ 5:29 AM
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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Here's a nice review of my new CD "Sitting on the Wind" in Target Audience Magazine, one of my favorite arts mags.
http://ping.fm/ptPwo

posted by Bud @ 8:29 PM
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Saturday, February 13, 2010

I’ve just been informed that one of my new songs will air during the next edition of Radio Crystal Blue! The next show will be recorded as a podcast on 2/14 and distributed on 2/15 or 2/16. Go to this link to set up a podcast on your computer. www.bigcontact.com/radiocrystalblu/rss
posted by Bud @ 5:51 AM
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Here's a new interview of me on Junior's Cave Magazine: http://ping.fm/93EMC
posted by Bud @ 9:35 PM
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Friday, February 05, 2010

National recognition has been way easier than local lately. I've been signed by both Musikfest 2010 in Bethlehem, PA (second year) and Singer Songwriter Cape May, NJ. I'll be showcasing Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg in two weeks, and have two Manhattan gigs in August. Still waiting to hear from the Florida festivals. Looks like an East Coast mini tour this August is shaping up.
posted by Bud @ 8:25 AM
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Seems like the only way I can post something on this fan page is to double post everywhere. Get with it, Facebook! I'll be on the radio tomorrow and it'll be streamed on the web at around 3:30 WSLR 96.5 or http://ping.fm/Kd8dT
posted by Bud @ 6:56 AM
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Had a fantastic time at the Orion Independent Music Fest in Park City, Utah. Next up Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA
posted by Bud @ 8:10 AM
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Off before the sun to Park City, Utah for Orion Indie Music Fest. Three gigs in five days seeking face time with the Sundance Film Fest crowd. A little radio a little TV. A lot of trying to say warm. http://ping.fm/9iuh1
posted by Bud @ 4:11 PM
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

My new CD, Sitting on the Wind, is featured on CDBaby's new releases. Go Listen: http://ping.fm/a0ZmA
posted by Bud @ 6:09 AM
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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Gotta keep posting this:
My
TWO for the price of one CD deal (Only $10 including postage) went out
just now to my Reverbnation Fan list. To get in on that deal, go to
this link and stick yourself on that list.http://ping.fm/xEw8F

posted by Bud @ 7:06 AM
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Gotta keep posting this: My TWO for the price of one CD deal (Only $10 including postage) went out just now to my Reverbnation Fan list. To get in on that deal, go to this link and stick yourself on that list.http://ping.fm/qheZP
posted by Bud @ 6:24 PM
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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

You will get a two for one CD deal offer only if you join my official fan list on this link:
http://ping.fm/HCPvG
ONLY ReverbNation Fan list members will be offered a choice of free CDs when my new EP, “Sitting on the Wind” comes out very soon.

posted by Bud @ 8:50 AM
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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Listening to the first mix out of the studio of my new EP. You're gonna love it!
posted by Bud @ 1:52 PM
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Monday, November 30, 2009

Here's more on my Pre-Sundance gig: http://ping.fm/OpyQG
posted by Bud @ 11:03 PM
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This is the event I'm playing in January. Pass it on.
http://ping.fm/nZY1k

posted by Bud @ 4:20 PM
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

One week before I play concerts at Fort Myers Beach Baywalk. Good times that!
http://ping.fm/OLKB6

posted by Bud @ 7:23 AM
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

THOUGHTS ARE THINGS

I'm never depressed although I find some things depressing or should I say depression worthy. And I keep reading references to this time we are in as a possible Depression. Not sure what the definition of that is if you're an econogeek. But damn! How many more jobs can be lost? There are many snarky things I could say but I'll leave that to people who do it for a living. Like Jon Stewart.

So far things are okay here despite the loss in business. I'm nothing if I'm not prepared. I'll keep it going, even though my music income is about 10% of what it normally is this year so far. There are still many things that can happen but it's a queasy feeling when your business depends on a whole bunch of maybes.

I'm in that place again where survival trumps creativity. It also trumps social time on the web. But I'm not giving it up altogether. Slowly I endeavor to stay in touch with my many cyber pals and real life pals who use the web. I've actually been richly rewarded lately in that regard. The coolest thing about having been a teacher is that there are so many lives you've touched that some of them stick with you through the years. It was worth all those years of totally crappie pay. There are laborers and office folks who made more than I did but they can't make the same claim.

I think we'll mostly come out of this downturn for the better. At least I know that's true for me because that's the way I think. Thoughts are things.

posted by Bud @ 10:36 PM
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

HOW TO "INSTANTLY" IMPROVE THE MUSIC BUSINESS

I've discussed my caffeine consumption earlier this year. It's BIG. Now let's discuss everybody else's.

Two stories caught my eye as I was reading Google News Headlines. That's my primary source of news. It makes it easier to skip all the really "newsworthy" stuff about Britney and Saracuda and what the Obama girls are having for lunch tomorrow. With my journalism degree I'm well armed to know which headlines are non-stories.

The first is a story about how The Tampa Bay twin cities, is number one in caffeine consumption. Who ever conducted the survey must be weighing the coffee grinds in my garbage. Oh, yeah, and green tea bags. I pay cash when I'm buying out so there's no credit card record or this area might be number one with a bullet. Or would we use a steaming pot in this case? No word yet if this data has any connection to the fact that Florida has it's own tag on FARK news.

Other highly caffeinated cities include Seattle, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. I found it fascinating that 82 per cent of people in the Tampa Bay area don't consider themselves addicted to caffeine. And Denial is a river in Egypt. I'm willing to admit that I'm addicted to caffeine. Nobody has ever tried to hold an intervention for me. They probably realize I'm a more likable when I'm "cookin'" and that I'm just a bit too on the comatose side when I'm not.

But then I stumbled on a story that really caught my attention. An English study has confirmed that the heaviest caffeine consumers are more prone to hallucinations. Like hearing dead people and such. I found this ridiculous until I read down and found that it cited people who drank eight or more cups of "instant coffee" per day. No wonder! One cup of that stuff and I hallucinate that my tongue is stuck to the bottom of a seldom cleaned coffee urn. Is it just me or am I showing some level of cafe'-snobbishness when I say that anyone who would drink instant coffee at that (or any) level is a bit off to begin with? You must be hallucinating to think you're actually drinking coffee to get past the first gulp, in my opinion. But that's just me.

Places that I love to play but seldom pay are coffee houses. Most of them in my area no longer have live music. Maybe they should advertise hallucinogenic instant coffee to generate some really strong business. So yes, the live music scene is still sucking wind but I'm working on making adjustments. No worries. I'm far from asking for donations to support my habit.

posted by Bud @ 3:33 PM
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Friday, January 02, 2009

SO FAR SO GOOD

Wish I had more to report but I've been partying a bit strenuously lately. Over this stretch, three parties in two days is not an unusual burst. I need to say something here to further convince myself that I can do it--I lost weight over the holiday. No I'm not bulimic. I can apparently do it any time I want. I just have to want to long enough to reach my ideal weight and shape. And then I have to want to stay that way.

I'm working hard on organizing the new duo act. It leaves me little time to do anything else.

I got selected through Sonicbids by two separate agencies that place songs in the movies and TV. One in Atlanta and the other in Hollywood. I also got selected by Radio Crystal Blue in Brooklyn, NY. I sold some music online in this most dismal of times. So I'm feeling good. But I have to tell you, I'd feel good anyway. Life is good no matter what comes my way or doesn't.

I notice a lot of people are feeling optimistic. I'm impressed as some of them are folks I'd figure to feel pretty depressed. I think we're in for some high adventure as a country but we'll come out of it in much better shape. No place to go but up.

Happy New Year, my friends.

posted by Bud @ 9:13 PM
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Saturday, December 27, 2008

DOING DUO

Christmas was busy and fun and here comes the New Year already. No resolutions here. Just keep doing what I keep doing. Win every hour.

Having visited my son and his family in the Bay Area the week before Christmas, and having my daughter and her family here for Thanksgiving, the rest of the family and I got together by phone, mostly. How bad am I for not flying north at Christmas? I worked my whole life to move to Florida to avoid winter and I'm not a particular fan of Christmas or any holiday for that matter. Every day is special to me. Merry Today!

That being said, we were invited by several families for the holiday and had a splendid time. Visited with some newer friends on the eve and had a smashing dinner and got to jam with the host. I avoided eating stuff that's not good for me by performing a few secular holiday tunes. Made some new friends. Earlier in the day Cathy hosted a brunch for a close friend and her Mom. I enjoyed the company and avoided the rich food. My weight has crept up to the point that I have to take control, holiday or not.

Ironic that we spent all of Christmas day with my trainer Jitka and her family. She didn't give me any dirty looks for eating or even beat me up the following day during our weekly session. Just looking at her strength and fine form is inspiration enough to get back down to size small.

New Year's Eve we'll have our annual brunch and beach walk with our great friends Nancy and Mark. Mark is a very talented musician and we are meeting this week to discuss the details of the duo we're forming so as not to drive our wives nuts with shop talk.

The Duo is going to be terrific fun for the fact that I can't help but have fun with Mark. Clearly in my top 5 people to hang with down here. The strange part about this is that we're organizing an act around prerecorded tracks. This is not what I had ever hoped to do to keep the business going. It has become more and more necessary, with the economic downturn, to deliver a big sound for less money to get gigs in these tourist joints and at weddings and country clubs. We seem to have no shortage of them. There is a severe shortage of places where I can do solo acoustic, however. So there you have it--Bud's survival plan for when the music business swirls around the toilet.

I'm still writing much more regularly than I have in the past year, though. Not finishing but that's the way I work.

My good friend Simon Wiffen, in England has put out an excellent EP of his acoustic alternative music and it really knocks me out. Head over to iTunes and give a listen, will you?

Love and Happy New Year to all my friends in Blogland and beyond.

posted by Bud @ 2:19 PM
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

GIVING IN TO THE GRANDPA TAG

I've been home from my Cali trip since mid-day Tuesday but still feeling lagged. A four hour delay in San Francisco caused us to miss our connecting flight in Houston for bogus reasons. We spent the night in some nameless motel and arrived back in Florida to company, three dinner parties in a row and a workout regimen that won't quit. I had promised Jitka, my dominatrix trainer, that, I'd lose two pounds this week. Losing two pounds prior to Christmas and while on a trip is like losing ten pounds . But I'm there.

The trip was wonderful for the contact time I spent with my Son, DIL and granddaughter, Stella. The little two and a half year old whirlwind stole my heart. Long time readers here know that I'm not at all thrilled with the title of Grandpa but rather love the privilege of being one. When she was put to bed the first night and screamed, "Grandpa, Grandpa, Grandpa!" from her gated room, I had to flea the apartment before I crossed the line between helpful father/in-law and pain in the ass grandparent. The following night she went to sleep early after Cathy and I left. My son called and said that Stella, just sighed, "I love my Grandpa and I love my Cathy." So the little bugger has me tagged but Gabe, when he is able to talk, will call me BuBu. My daughter's idea which I support. Cathy is steadfastly Cathy on both coasts.

The weather in the Bay area sucked about half of the time with cold rain and just cold the rest of the time. Anything below 70 has become uncomfortable for me. But I enjoy being in a pretty place where most of the people are on my wavelength. If they could get the weather and the earthquake thing straightened out, it'd be worth a move there.

Had some gigs lined up but half of them fell through. Pretty typical. I'm enjoying the down time by writing. Made two song licensing deals. One in Seattle with Audiosocket and one in Atlanta with Atlanta Movement Radio. People don't buy music when they can steal it so easily and the near depression is not helping. But I'd make music anyway 'cause I just have to. So we also arranged to rent a house in the Hudson Valley of NY next August and Helen Avakian and I will collaborate once again on some recordings. Lots of family and friend stuff too.
Wishing you all a Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanuka, Happy Kwanzaa or whatever way you role.

posted by Bud @ 5:14 PM
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