November 29, 2010
10 good things to keep in mind if you are a songwriter and want to be the best you can be.
- Find a co-writer. Songs can evolve differently with another person’s perspective so co-writing can be an excellent learning experience, especially if you write with somebody that is a little bit better than you. Also, two connections are more effective than one when finding ways to get your song heard and/or placed.
- Write regularly. The more you write, the better you will become. Always finish a song, even if you think a song isn’t worth finishing. You never know what could happen with it.
- Rewrite then rewrite again. Don’t be afraid to rewrite your songs; editing is your friend. You may end up having several versions of the song and that is perfectly fine. To quote pro songwriter RC Bannon, “Great songs aren’t written, they’re rewritten!”
- Get social (media that is). Create a presence on the internet with MySpace, Facebook,Twitter and YouTube. These marketing tools for your music are key to connecting to your audience. You can also create your own website or blog.
- Play out. Get your music heard and gain exposure at writers’ nights, open mics and connect with your local radio stations (many have unsigned writers programs).
- Get friendly (but not too friendly) with your fans. Stick around after the show and talk to fans. Get feedback and hear what other people think of your music. What do they like it about it? What do they dislike? What else would they like to see you do?
- Hi my name is… The music world is all about building and establishing relationships. Get connected by networking! Here are a few places to find the perfect new pals.
- Listen and learn. Utilize the one-on-one mentoring that is offered with an NSAI membership. Soak up the knowledge and start applying it to your musical goals. Mentors can point you in positive directions and provide very valuable advice.
- Get paid. Check out the Performing Rights Organizations, ASCAP, BMI or SESAC and see which one best fits your needs as a writer.
- Go to an event. Attend NSAI workshops, Song Camps and Songposium to gain further knowledge of the music industry and the craft of songwriting itself.
Via: Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI): NSAI is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters’ trade organization. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 spans the United States and seven international countries. For more than 40 years, NSAI has been dedicated to serving and protecting the rights of aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.
November 25, 2010
Check out Dr Sinatra’s video about becoming aware (if for some reason you are not already aware) of EMF’s and some ways to protect yourself.
Never use microwave ovens, don’t hang out near one that is on, text don’t talk, use speaker phone, turn off your wireless at night, do NOT use Jawbones, etc…And of course, earthing ourselves using magnets is a good idea.
Via: Carol Gordon
November 20, 2010
From Gaiam, here is an interesting video of not-so-easy, very toning and balancing poses with Pat Moreno, that engage your core and can crack a small sweat in 6 minutes. Take these with you through the holidays when you might not be able to slip away for a workout.
November 14, 2010
Basic truth: all cats love boxes, bags and curling up on your best sweater and kneading it so that pulls. Why? Do they want to return to the womb? Are they nesting? Do they know how cute they are and it is purely for human entertainment? Watch and come to your own conclusion.