Thursday, March 27, 2008
MY TO DO LIST IS A MOBIUS STRIPThe pair of Sandhill Cranes, I reported on a few weeks ago lost their eggs to a freak flood in the marsh. Pretty upsetting to see the heron who was stalking them eat the abandoned soggy eggs. Everybody eats, ya know? But today I noticed the cranes rebuilding the nest. And they mate every morning around the same time. How about that? No idea if this is a planned parenthood or just practicing for next year. I'll update.
The day after St. Patty's Day I noticed the gym was empty. I guess corned beef makes you lethargic. That's all that was served at the restaurant where I played a gig. And I've had enough of Danny Friggin Boy for the rest of the century, okay?
Reviews and Successes
Got another >nice review on my CD this week in Creative Loafing. Perhaps you have that arts publication in a town near you. I really enjoy their columnists. It's a thrill to be in there.
I guess the link to my United Kingdom CD seller didn't work last time. This one should do it:
The review in TargetAudienceMagazine.com is due out by the first of April and I was notified by Southeast Performer Magazine that they are reviewing me. Those last two are both in and around Atlanta. Looks like I have my foot in the door to do some gigs in that area on my way up the coast this summer.
The Indie Music for Life Compilation CD is out and my song Crowded Memory is on it. The Chill Out east coast Acoustic artists compilation from Quickstar Productions is also due out soon. "Let Me Go" is on that one.
Career Advice Requested
I need some advice. Many of you have signed on to be fans through ReverbNation and some of you have even signed to be on my Street Team. I haven't completely decided how to utilize such a welcome group of fans. I'm advised by indie musician marketing experts to do a number of things. But the last thing I want to do is annoy my fans.
Fans and especially Street Team Fans are asked by others in my field to help publicize their events and to vote for them in the billion and six contests we all enter. I'm in a load of them myself. If I asked you all to go and vote in all of them, I have a feeling your enthusiasm would wane pretty quickly. Most of us are hard pressed to even post a blog these days. Strangely, though, it is blatantly obvious that many indie musicians do mobilize a corps of street teamers to vote early, often and late until they win the contest. I'm watching this going on at this moment over at OurStage.com
What would your reaction be to a list of links in each of my posts that would take you to a site where there is some voting going on? I'd prioritize them as to which ones I think are important or at least competitive. You could choose to do as many or as few as you like or none at all. I have no problem with that. We're busy people, all of us.
Still I'd like to return the kindness to those who actually do some voting. So I'd appreciate an e-mail letting me know what you've been up to.
How does this grab you?
Here's a list of links you may or may not feel inclined to go to.
If you're on Facebook and/or MySpace you might get multiple requests. I don't know how to control that. I beg your indulgence.
There are a lot of shenanigans with all this voting. It's stranger than a Florida Election. No lie. Not worrying about the uncontrollable, I just have to believe that if the music is good it'll be appreciated by those who dig it. And I don't try to please everybody. In every crowd, somebody loves me and somebody doesn't. Still I wish I could figure out the demographics or at least the common thread of my fans. Sure would make marketing easier. Such is the life of an indie musician. Edwin McCain has a great song called "Radio Star" on his Far From Over CD that sums it all up perfectly.
Here's some stuff you may or may not care to do for me. No worries.
Moozikoo Best of Indies. I guess just clicking my "Let Me Go" shows interest so they might get around to releasing the CD.
mvyeadio has Let Me Go listed under rock. I guess it's helpful to play it to help my ratings.
Indie 104 buries their stuff deep to vote on it. I have no votes for five songs. You have to go to the request page and then click Song DB and find me on page 11 of the B section.
There's so much more but I wait and see what people think of this.
Thanks for your indulgence, my friends!
posted by Bud @ 8:48 AM
Saturday, March 08, 2008
WHERE I STAND WHILE I'M STANDINGThought I'd pop in here for real and give an update. Where to start? There is no beginning.
Let's just say that I am with the commentors on the last post by Golfwidow who point out that although Brit is a trainwreck, the press is as much to blame for giving her attention. I would never criticize her performance. I've ignored her as a performer to begin with. Critics, as much as we depend on them in this business, are often rather self serving. If there's one thing I know that's true it is this: In any crowd there will always be some who love me and some who hate me. Nothing I can do about it. I've been blessed with terrific reviews on this last record. But there have been a few comments in between that support the aforementioned truism. I can handle it.
Here's a running account of what's happened with the CD since just before it's release on Jan 7.
Let Me Go, was selected for inclusion on:
Moozikoo's Best of Indies, Vol 2
Quickstar Productions, East Coast Acoustic Artists Chill Out CD
Can't Leave My Mind
Finalist in American Songwriter
Indie Music for Life and Laughs compilation
CWA Media- public Service ad
Supreme Lyrics Execs licensing for film/TV
I Still Remember (How That Feels)
Getting good play on iMusicRadio.com
Indie911 Licensing for film/TV
CWA Media songs for commercials
And there are many many other opportunities under consideration or on actual standby status. Some fabulous reviews too and a nice local news paper story. So It's doing very well.
Soon I'll have a dedicated web site up for just the sale of this album. One reason why I've been away from this little corner of the internet.
I'm studying how to do a limited tour that wouldn't take me too far away or too far away from my usual travels up the East coast. Recently, however, there has been interest in me in the Denver area from several different people who don't know each other. Have to take a look at that. When does summer start in Denver? Mid July?
So I would look into a Phoenix tour then while I'm at it as I've sold a number of CDs down there.
Guitar teaching is always a high for me. Students come and go and are very loose about staying on schedule. But I'm always in demand. If I can't teach, I'm not real happy with myself. So that is something I must always do.
I have some cool t-shirts coming. You may want one, you may not. It's all good. I'll let you know when they arrive.
I own a Travel Business that you might want to check out. The prices are competitive and you can even book such things as rental cars and concert or sports tickets. I'll post the link every time because I can't give my web master son another thing to do while we're still fixing this site and starting the other. But let me know if you book anything through me and I'll give you a freebie. Probably a choice of a CD or a t-shirt.
It seems to me a lot of bloggers have fallen by the wayside. This is understandable. Life gets in the way. But how about we all suggest to each other some bloggers that you think might dig what we're doing. Make introductions to each other. Some discretion is needed. It's not a terrific idea, for instance, to introduce somebody who does a needlework blog to somebody whose passion is Death Metal. But then, who can say for sure, huh?
Love to have your thoughts on this.
Finally, It would be helpful to me if you click the banner link below and just click. It's my record store in England. I need to get some hits to move up their playlist
Go to the radio page (Blue Radio button on the top right) and enter my name and the song you want to hear, Let Me Go would be a good candidate. It'll help me a LOT.
And of course if you've already written a review for me on CD Baby, it would be extremely helpful if you would paste it in over there at Loneboy.
An international booking agent (who will for now remain nameless) for music lessons sent me a new guitar student today who stood me up. Or they stood me up without notice. Is the universe is messing with me or am I messing with the universe? Just a rhetorical question. I'm watching clouds colliding from different directions. Is it Mercury retrograde yet?
posted by Bud @ 3:03 PM