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Verbal Currency

This music game keeps changing and I was curious how (and where) everyone gets their music.  Let me rephrase, where you BUY your music?  Is it iTunes, soundcloud, ReverbNation, bandcamp???

When I get checks from online distributors, I see my music was mostly bought on Rhapsody and iTunes.  Others come from Spotify, emusic, CD Baby and bandcamp.  But every bit of information helps.  After all, we (Artists) are trying to put music where you (the fans) are.

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Peace, Life & Muzik

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Life, Putting Life On Hold

I’m sure I’m in the same situation as so many Indie Artists.  You got your passion and hobbies, then you have what you need to get done.  I saw an interview with Denzel Washington one time and he quoted what his Mom used to tell him, “Do what you have to do so you can do what you want to do.”  Well said.

My passion with music is on so many different levels.  And like you (most probably), I wish I did it daily and got paid for it – at least enough to make a living at it.  Then there’s the mortgage payment and Son’s school tuition……luckily the cars are paid off.  I’ve done a few tracks where I open up and share my life, the part that’s not always public or that makes for a ‘hit single’.  But I share it with you so it’s more personal and I’m sure a lot of you can relate to it.

I did a song (probably about 1-1/2 years ago) and broke it down why my music had been delayed for so long.  Or why so much time passed between CD’s / singles.  Keeping on schedule with delays, it took me a while to find the right singer to work with for this song too [that was a funny in case you didn’t catch it.  It’s ok…..]  I finally got the recording, singing and mixing done – I wanted to share with you.
3rd Wish (feat. Jayla)

Other Artists who heard this track, understood the message of the song.  Sometimes music’s put on hold cuzz of obligations we have in life and most of the time it has to do with family, work responsibilities or maybe school.  So music gets done when time permits.  That’s weekends, maybe day’s off or late at night (like right now.  Pretty much my routine every night!).  AND if you’re collaborating with someone else, need to record vocals in your home studio or working in the studio with an Engineer; then you add their time in the mix which means coordinating in a timely manner.

If I’m preaching to the choir, my apologies.  If this is news to you, welcome to our world and I hope I’ve brought some insight and ‘behind-the-scenes’ to this craft and industry that’s seldom seen or shared.  And if that is the case, I hope you give more appreciation to the work your favorite Artist(s) put out.

Enjoy the song.  The complete CD (Acoustic Thoughts), can be heard on bandcamp.

Thank you IV your time    Scarred IV Life

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Let’s Get Personal

I notice many philosophical phrases and spiritual interpretations posted on social sites.  (And most of the time, it’s evident that they’re copy/pasted from some quote that someone found that day.  But I’m not judging….)  I’ll admit, I’ve been tempted to post what I think (of life) many times but feel I’m not a professional on the subject.  Still, a person of human nature – none the less.  We all feel compelled to post our meaning of life or what have you.  Sometimes it’s to express the type of day we’re having…..good day, things are going bad, etc.

I’ll say this about me, I’m very personal.  Example:  A lot of my DJ and music friends know little about how I think and some of my personal / business friends don’t even know I do music.  Weird, I know….but I’m not the type to post every bit of information online.  You don’t see pics of my wife, my son, where I live, went to school, where I vacation or what I had for lunch.  That’s just not me.  Social sites for me, are for music, that’s it.  But if you want to know what I really think, I’m interested in your interest!

There are things I’ve experienced, associations / organizations I’m involved with and education classes which give me a lot of insight and illumination on life.  Not the type scholars would boast about, not a degree that’s attained after a study course but simply, life.  Your spiritual sense.

If you want to hear my two cents or get into a healthy discussion on what’s really going on in our world….let me know.  I’m always up for conversations which enlighten mankind.  You may not get what I believe or think and maybe I’ll spark thought in you that you hadn’t considered before but, in any case; we learn together.  We’re all part of one collective soul and bridging that, makes us ONE.

If I’m already going over your head, you’ve either lost interest already or want to know more.  There is no right or wrong answer.  Let me know your thoughts…


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Your Last Music Purchase

So when was the last time you bought a song?  Either on iTunes or at a record store.

Here’s what I’m trying to figure out, what approach to have with fans or peeps at a gig.  Obviously this world has gone digital and the majority of the public buys their audio electronically.  So if you could buy someone’s music on CD (at a gig or venue), would you?  If not, what would be most convenient for you – digital download card or weblink?

I got ways to accommodate either request, just taking a poll to see how most purchases are made.  Post a comment below or leave a reply on facebook


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