'Just wanted to give you an update on some things happening... 'Not sure if you've heard of the "Blurred Lines" court decision, in a nutshell Robin Thicke & Pharrell were both sued in a multi-million case for copyright infringement; apparently pieces of their songs (riff, progressions & melodies, etc) were too similar to some Marvin Gaye songs from the 70's & 80's so the estate sued them & won. This sent shockwaves throughout the entire music industry & basically set the scenario for 5 million+ artists & bands to sue anyone who writes songs that even remotely sound similar to their copyrighted work, even if these people have never heard of the bands or the music in question. It was a boneheaded decision & will hopefully be reversed, but the only solution right now is to either quit writing songs or abolish the copyright system (which then leads to the question "how will artists get paid/compensated for their work?"). To say it's a mess right now would be an understatement & everyone is scrambling to either copyright their stuff or seeing if their songs sound like someone else's & rewriting the music/melody for them (which where I'm at). I've spent the last couple of months doing online music research & discovered that one of my songs sounds like a Darrell Evans song, another had a riff similar to a Lincoln Brewster song & still another brand new one I was working on sounded too similar to a Van Halen song, so I had to strip everything down to the basic notes & play around w/ some delay until it sounded different, which then changes the whole feel of the song... ugh. There's only so many notes, chords, progressions & melodies available & eventually, every song is going to sound like someone else's & this court decision will allow them to freely sue anyone over anything. So, I'm putting the music stuff on the back burner (still writing lyrics though) until I decide a course of action. On the flip side, I'm thinking of just going behind the scenes now & starting my own record label, promoting others, I'm getting a little old...
Hey Everyone ~ It's been a busy 2015 so far, so much going on... Like I stated last year, I'm not too concerned w/ rankings here on RN & this year I've resolved to really connect w/ other artists, not just become a fan but really listen to their songs & promote them too. My main social media outlet is Twitter; it's funny because a couple of years ago Twitter was my least favorite but since I've been using Tweetdeck everything is in real time & the interaction is crazy good. I love promoting different bands & artists on there. Lastly, I've just uploaded a raw version of "Rollercoaster", I think I may re-record it though & new stuff coming! Thanks again for being fans ~
'Just wanted to make a quick note & thank everyone who's either become my fan or connected w/ me here on Reverbnation. It's been great meeting all of you & listening to some truly great music & like I wrote on my last blog, let's try to promote each other this year on our social platforms of choice. Have a great January!
Happy 2015 Everyone! My prayer is that each of you come into the fullness of what God has for you, both in your personal & professional lives. Rankings here on RN (or in real life) are okay, but relationships & networking are so much more important; take some time to consider promoting other artists on here... follow & promote them on Google+, Myspace, Twitter or your social media of choice... give them a listen & a word of encouragement... sometimes that will go farther than any promotion packet. Anyway, have a great new year!
Starting September 5th, 2014 I'll be hosting "Acoustic Cafe" at Lakeside Family Church in Stevensville, MI. If you're in the area, join us on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of every month as we recreate the 60's Coffee House experience. The format is basically open-mic (though there will be some mini-concerts scheduled); you'll hear music from the 50's - 90's, different genres/styles & some original songs/compositions too ~ The format is casual & relaxed & this is a great place to network w/ other artists in the area, 'hope to see you there!
"Worship is simply giving God His breath back" ~ Lou Giglio Job 12:10 "In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind" Isaiah 42:5 "...He Who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it" Acts 17:25 "...for it is He Himself Who gives life and breath and all things to all [people]" Scripture tells us that every breath comes from the Lord, every single breath: He's given us His Life, abundantly & He's also given us His breath, eternally. It doesn't matter if you can sing or not or even sing as well as someone else; sing w/ the voice that God gave you. He made the canary & the crow & He loves to hear them both. So, as you come before Him in private worship or as you gather together in corporate worship, return God's breath to Him in praise, in adoration, in worship... Continue it during the week, every day, every hour, let your every breath be a sweet aroma that God inhabits. Psalm 150:6 "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord" ~
Music is such a powerful thing, it can move hearts & it can tear down walls, it can heal & it can hurt, it can calm & it can stir; music is such a powerful weapon & awesome expression of not only the human experience but the spiritual one too.
Be yourself & express yourself as only you know how to, find your own sound, your own style then... own it. There's enough copycats in the world, be a cool cat.
It's the one that's different, the one that stands out that gets noticed, never the one that blends in so stand out: learn new things, new scales, new styles, new sounds but be... yourself...
Creativity is inherent in the human nature, it's a divine thread wired into our DNA so create as only you can & glorify the Lord as only you can ~
It's been a busy year so far: a couple of recording projects in works... collaborating... songwriting... co-songwriting... promoting... social media stuff... open mic stuff... acoustic concerts... it's been a blur, a blast of course but still a blur.
Since the dawn of time we've all had the same 24 hours to work w/, the same 24 hours to impact our world & make our mark, the same 24 hours to exist or to live, the same 24 hours to advance our own agenda or advance the Kingdom.
In all my "busyness" my main priority has been & will always be:
- knowing God more intimately - seeking His glory above my own - helping people be all they can be in Christ
Being in the music business doesn't have to be "dog eat dog" or even cutthroat, we can help each other, network w/ each other & promote each other, unity among Christians is a great thing: it commands the blessing & shows the world we truly love Christ & one another.
Be Blessed ~
I just wanted to offer a word of encouragement:
Don't be obsessed w/ numbers or stats... or how many plays you've gotten on a certain song... or how many fans you have... or what your ranking is...
Just make great music.
Long before there was Reverbnation, Purevolume or Myspace Music; long before there was social media of any kind, there was music, musicians & fans, period.
Each artist had their own community, their own support group, their own fan base & their own style. From seedy nightclubs to coffeehouse open mics to Google+ on air hangouts, just get your music out there & don't worry about things you have no control over.
One more piece of encouragement: network. Seriously, network & promote not only your stuff, but also other artists. I know that sounds crazy but try it; it might just work for you like it's worked for me.
If you're going to be obsessed then be obsessed w/ making great music & have a great time while doing it.
'just a word...
quit the comparing... quit trying to be like someone else... what works for them may not work for you...
quit trying to live their life & start living your own... God gave you a voice... whether you speak, sing or write w/ it... it's your own voice...
God gave you a life... if you're hid w/ Him live it for Him... but live your own life & let others live theirs...
comparison kills... it kills inspiration, creativity, drive... originality births & it continues to birth...
speak, sing, write... but do it w/ the voice you're given... & it will resonate.