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HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ASKED TO PLAY FOR FREE? It’s time for action! How many times have you been put into a position to have to say this to a prospective booker, or event coordinator? “NO, we won’t play for exposure!” The GPAS (General performance availability statement) Is a PROACTIVE way, to engage potential bookers,[…]
Siting here waiting for the results of my blood work, and heard the news. So, here are 10 things I loved about prince: 1: There was for sure, something in the water: NO one could scream like him. The wild animal howl, at 2:35 in the middle of “something in the water” sounded like every[…]
A guest article, by Pianist and composer, Julie moon for SFMOMA.org A terrific read! Chasing Medusa’s Ghosts
What is real help? In the past few weeks my friends and I have been engaged in a conversation about the idea of help, helping people, and what that really means. I see the word thrown around a lot, and it is very fashionable for people to donate their time, and or money, to a[…]
I have been thinking a lot about this in the past year, what qualities are present, in the lives of people who are able to sustain themselves in the performing arts. Including writers and painters. I have recently finished interviewing over 110 people, from all branches of the performing arts, from highly adept technical[…]
(In the past two months I have been away from these pages, as my consultancy has grown beyond my expectations. I am back! Bring those problems here! Grrrr!) Technical observations: The life of an artist, like the life of any businessperson, is set against the backdrop, of inventory, (creativity), assets, (Product) and liabilities, (obstacles) […]
I love a lot about this time of year, especially the clash of seasons, where fall struggles with winter, for control of the skies, and the gradual motion of the sun to the south, the changing of the light, the fire-and wood smell in the air, and being the romantic I am, of course, the[…]
(I apologize in advance for any dyslexic typos, as my editor is vacationing in France) I grew up in an interesting area, when technology was exploding into the consciousness of 20th century music. Coming from Oakland/Berkeley, growing up in the 1970s, I was absolutely surrounded by musicians, who embraced a totally organic style of musicianship,[…]
“Way to go, Kid”, I said under my breath. The casket lowered, while the devout Catholics in his family started madly crossing themselves, a few homies dropped various things into the grave over his “Ataúd”. There was just a light sprinkle of rain, but enough to make me smile, remembering our mutual love of rain and[…]
The dangers and benefits of the leadership position. Recently, during a conversation, a drummer I now work with, had mentioned in passing, that some people he wouldn’t name, from my past had some less than kind things to say about me, and particularly, about my leaving bands and starting new ones, apparently at will, whenever[…]