It's time to put on my big boy pants! Today is Tax Day and I owe Uncle Sam a pretty penny. Actually around 100,000 pennies. I knew it was coming because I have to be very detailed about my earnings every year. It's not easy to be a self-employed musician who follows the rules, but I have to have a solid foundation if I want this music business to take off. I don't think this link will work, but still, here it is: http://youtu.be/YRflVzgysq8
Back to the Vlog (Video Web Log)! This Week is about Setting Goals and features the song, "Annalise Elizabeth" Check it out on the homepage.
In the year 2013, I set out to create four full albums of music. I am glad to announce that this goal was accomplished. I am uploading all of the songs recorded from the albums Blue Winter, Green Spring, Yellow Summer, and Red Fall. They will be available for streaming and purchasing right here on Reverbnation or my website www.benaaronmusic.com
I look forward to creating four more albums in 2014.
I was recently asked to perform for the Minneapolis Television Network show, "Open Mic with Oz Yanez". The show has been recorded and will air in Minneapolis on channel 17 sometime in December. Oz was kind enough to give me the raw footage to put online, and I will be releasing one video every so often. I'll start by uploading "Johnny on the Go" to my YouTube page and hope you subscribe for the future videos.
I celebrated my 500th live show last month. I almost can't believe it! I've learned that when you dedicate all of your time and effort into performing music, those seemingly impossible dreams become attainable goals through hard work.
I made a montage with all of the pictures and videos taken by my friends, fans, and family at a handful of my live shows. I put it on YouTube and you can join the celebration here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVEkDj4WReM
I will continue my efforts and bring new music to my shows in the future. (Working on a new CD!)
Your Songster, -Ben Aaron
I had my first radio interview online at Calm Anarchy Promotions. Check it out here at http://www.calmanarchypromotions.com/interviews-2.html I was a bit nervous, but I know I will do better with each interview that I have in the future. It was a success! I promoted my new song and video and plugged my website which is, of course, www.benaaronmusic.com Thanks for everyone who listened and watched my new video. Have a great day, everyone.
I am uploading new videos every week to my YouTube channel. One series I've created is called "Songster Tips", where every Tuesday I showcase a new tip that will help you become a more successful professional musician! Search YouTube for "Ben Aaron Music"
368 gigs in 2011 alone! WOW. Today, I'm getting ready for a meeting with my tax person. This will be interesting... I have kept an extensive record of every penny I've spent on business materials, every mile I've driven to performances, and all the money that has come my way! Whatever happens will certainly be a learning experience, be it positive or negative.
After playing a long weekend of shows, I found my harmonicas were becoming increasingly difficult to play. I was drawing (sucking) really hard and not hearing any sound out of one of the reeds. I thought it was completely bent or busted. Then I remembered the last time I cleaned them. Well... I couldn't exactly remember. Maybe 6 months ago? Forgetting to clean a wind-instrument for half a year is NOT a wise practice. I saved myself the $200 of replacing my harmonica set by cleaning them with warm water. Where would I be without you, warm water? Dirty, poor and helpless. Please clean your harmonicas and keep them to yourself. I don't want to play your harmonica, and you shouldn't want to play mine.
2011 changed my life. I never thought I would become a professional musician over the course of twelve months. I performed nearly 500 shows in my beautiful state of Minnesota. I played on the streets, in sandwich houses, coffee shops, tons of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, ice cream parlours, anywhere and everywhere! I've learned more about myself in 52 weeks than all my years on this planet. I've created more friendships in 365 days than ever before. I truly learned the value of money and starved because of it. I understand myself and what I must do to survive on this earth by entertaining people with music. I have never been more excited about entering a New Year. This is going to be an amazing journey.