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Musicians – If You Believe This You’re Going to Have Problems

Posted on November 14th, 2012   17 Comments

I came across this image more than once on my Facebook feed, apparently first posted by No Treble. No disrespect to them, but I actually think posts like this only […]


Amanda Palmer – Should You Play for Free?

Posted on September 18th, 2012   29 Comments

A few weeks back Amanda Palmer put out a call for horn and string players to join her on stage on her current tour. Here’s an excerpt from the post: […]


The Power in Truth

Posted on June 20th, 2011   2 Comments

When you started singing or playing your instrument there was probably a strong reason why you picked it up. You probably had a feeling inside of you that you needed to […]

Philosophy Recommended

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Posted on June 13th, 2011   2 Comments

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. I know that’s the kind of platitude you read in stupid self-help books, but this Oscar Wilde quote is good career advice. If […]


Return Of The Punk

Posted on May 30th, 2011   No Comments

The punk movement was a revolution at its time. Punk’s main ideology was to operate outside the establishment. Punk wasn’t only about music; it was a whole cultural movement. It […]


5 Ways To Be A More Powerful Artist

Posted on April 12th, 2011   6 Comments

As an artist you hold a lot of power. It may not feel like you have much power if you find yourself banging your head against the wall trying to […]


The Power of Music

Posted on April 1st, 2011   No Comments

Is music a responsibility? Specifically, as a musician do I have an obligation to honor the power of communication that music is?


It’s Not You (Well, Maybe It Is)

Posted on March 30th, 2011   2 Comments

Well, Saint Patrick’s Day is just passed and like many of us, I indulged in an annual tradition: playing to a bunch of drunks who couldn’t care less about who […]



Posted on March 23rd, 2011   2 Comments

The cry resounds across the land – The King is dead! Although he occasionally degenerated into addiction, despotism and self-parody, he has been widely regarded as a good and noble […]


Independence is a Lifestyle

Posted on March 11th, 2011   4 Comments

The music business as we know it is dead. A recent study showed yet another year of declining record sales. Even digital music sales are slowing down. News from the […]