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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Generate More Buzz for Music

1. Get your fans to talk about it

You can make as much noise as you want. At the end of the day, it won’t be as much noise as the collective yell of your tribe.

Get your fans involved in spreading the word about your music in any capacity.

2. Feature someone known on a single

It doesn’t have to be Justin Bieber or Selena Gomez. Just find someone established in your genre that’s willing to sing or play on a single.

3. Get radio airplay

Sign up with Radio Airplay and get some free spins immediately.

4. Take a stance on an issue

Don’t do anything that would be off-brand or off-character.

But if there’s something you can get behind, be more vocal about it. You’ll begin to attract those who resonate with you.

5. Guest blog

Find relevant industry blogs you could submit articles to. Create great content others want to read and link back to your website.

6. Cross promote

Connect with local creatives – photographers, painters, authors, designers, and the like.

Find a way to collaborate on a project together. The marketing muscle of two is always greater than one.

7. Get interviewed on podcasts

Podcasts continue to grow in popularity as audio consumption on smart devices goes up.

Find relevant podcasts on iTunes and then reach out to them and see if they’d be willing to interview you on their show.

Stringed Instrument Bow Rehairing

• Frequent hair breaks, which might be about a bow-instrument mismatch, or the player is trying to force a sound (too firm a grip and pressure on the strings) that isn’t there.

• Seasonal weather conditions, or travel to a different climate, can affect the humidity and relative dryness and length of the bow hair. The dryer the conditions, the shorter and therefore more tense the hairs – perhaps too tense, leading to breakage.

• Bow bugs, the tiny mites that love dark places (inside cases) and the taste of horsehair, can destroy the bow hair in a few short weeks. Sunshine can go a long way to scare them out of a case; hair damage still needs to be addressed.

• Accumulated dirt on the hair, from human hands and sweat or the rosin and ambient dust, can compromise the horsehairs as well. Clean with a soft, clean dry cloth is recommended; veteran violinmakers often advise that detergents and solvents can cause more harm than good.

With the cost of a simple rehair priced at only around $65, players are urged to take their underperforming bows in to a violin shop for examination and a repair. It just isn’t possible for the individual musician to do it at home. The proper workspace and tools are required, not to mention the expertise. With frogs, horses and abalone already involved, it’s quite all right to hand the job over to a professional.

About Spotify with Apple Music

Lately, I have been receiving notifications from Spotify telling me that I have reached the maximum download content. This has made me quite frustrated. I even erased many of my photos to free up my cloud space, but in the end, I realized that even Spotify has a download limit. Apparently, I am only able to download a few thousand songs. I have considered switching to Apple Music because it apparently includes unlimited song downloads. This is much needed for me, because it is very difficult to delete any of my songs! Apple offers handpicked playlists and albums with the ability to play millions of songs, even offline – and it’s the exact same price as Spotify! It would be ridiculous not to make the switch!

Music is a really great passion of mine. I have edited my playlists at least once a week for a couple of years now, and I would love to share my findings with those who are looking to find new music that is not mainstream. Please follow my Spotify playlists – I have one for pretty much any mood you could be in. They are each with around 400 songs, so there is definitely something in there for everyone, even your parents! I have found that when you are feeling stressed or upset in any way, music is an amazing way to lift you right back up. Some songs have an unwritten power to completely change your mood. Some might say music itself is a drug!

Songs With Classic Spoken

Andy Warhol by David Bowie

Hunky Dory features this ode to the eccentric artist, beginning with Bowie trying various pronunciations of the name in the title.

Love Me I’m A Liberal by Phil Ochs

“Every American community has various shades of political commentary,” protest singer Ochs says in the intro to this classic. “The shadiest of these is the liberals, twenty five degrees left of center when times are good, but twenty five degrees to the right of center when it affects them personally.”

Ballroom Blitz by the Sweet

Lead singer Brian Connelly starts off this stadium favorite by addressing his fellow band members, asking “Are you ready Steve? Andy? Mick? All right, fellas, let’s go!”

The Cover of the Rolling Stone by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show

You can hear the guys in the band discussing their reaction to making the front page, saying “Ah, I don’t believe it, ha ha, just look, don’t touch it, man.”

While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles

As “Bungalow Bill” fades out, its successor on the White Album starts out with George Harrison yelling “Hey all!” before the unforgettable piano joins with Eric Clapton’s slow hand on the strings.

One of My Turns by Pink Floyd

Toni Tennille speaks at the beginning of this highlight from The Wall, as she asks the troubled main character questions like “Are all these your guitars?” and “Do you want to take a bath?”

Daydream Believer by the Monkees

After Davy Jones asks his pals which track is on tap, all three reply that it is seven-A. He then tells them tat they are picking on him because he is short.