Good day to all of you and happy 2017. I will start this post by thanking all our loyal Galleonmaniacs for their continued support of our musical endeavors. I have noticed that many people on this website seem to like our music, for which we are eternally grateful. We are currently working on making recordings of new songs, as well as improved recordings of the old stuff, and I hope to post some of these recordings as soon as possible, so please stay tuned for further developments.
But here's the problem: It doesn't seem that the loyal fanship we receive on this website has translated into bookings for us. Other than four one-shot appearances at benefits for the Songs For Kids Foundation (which we love doing, by the way), in 2016 we only had two bookings; one in April at Kavarna in Decatur, and the other in November at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta. We are finding this very frustrating, as we want to get out in the clubs and expose our music to a larger and wider audience. We are the best-kept secret in Georgia music today, and we are working hard to go public in a big way.
Accordingly, I say this: If you live in the North Georgia region and are in need of a solid band with great songs, a high level of musicianship and professionalism, and a superb lead singer if I do say so myself, I hope you consider booking GALLEON! We would love to play at your next event, and I believe our music would enhance a variety of different functions. So by all means think about booking GALLEON for your next event. For more information, get in touch with me directly. I can be reached by telephone at (404) 552-2763, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Thank you for your time and attention, and thank you again for your continued support.
Pop-, folk-, and country-rock on, Elliott Michaels for GALLEON!
I am Elliott Michaels, guitarist-vocalist and founder of the Atlanta-based musical group GALLEON, onto whose web page you are currently logged. I think we are a very good band, and once you listen to our music you may be inclined to confirm my opinion. But like most local bands today, GALLEON is struggling to find work in clubs and bars, and we need all the help we can get to promote and expose our music. Accordingly, I have created pages for GALLEON on over two dozen websites. One of these websites is Air Play Direct, a web service which claims to give bands a chance to expose their songs and get them played on the radio. Also, Air Play Direct occasionally has "contests" which offer musicians various "rewards." One of their contests in 2009 offered the chance to showcase at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. According to the e-mail release I received, two bands or artists would be selected to perform in the parking lot of the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville during the CMA festivities. Well, that sounds great, if the winning bands/artists are treated with the respect ... and paid the money ... winners deserve. So I used the link provided on the release to write to Robert Weingartz, the CEO of Air Play Direct, to ask whether the winning artists would be paid for performing at the CMA, or at least be reimbursed for travel and lodging expenses incurred. At least he responded the same day with an honest reply and not a form-letter type reply. But read Mr. Weingartz's reply below and then I'll continue:
This is a FREE to play opportunity. Most venues are charging for performance slots. There are a lot of TRUE professionals, big stars that are paying for travel and lodging to play at this event. They are paying for booth rentals to sign autographs.
It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how much we do to keep things FREE for artists with AirPlay Direct that people are still ungrateful for the opportunities that we create.
Robert Weingartz, CEO AirPlay Direct 678-318-1900
With all respect, I believe Mr. Weingartz is assuming way too much. I am always grateful for any opportunities granted to aspiring and struggling local musicians. But I submit that one musician's opportunity may well be another musician's waste of time and effort. Perhaps a 17-year-old high-school senior playing in his/her first band, as I was in 1973-74, might consider an unpaid showcase slot at a major festival a grand and glorious chance to expose his/her band and their music. But this was 2009 and now it will soon be 2017 and I am a 60-year-old professional musician with over 40 years in the music industry. Even if we had won this competition, against which the chances were thousands to two, I and my band were/are in no position to spend a lot of time and money traveling to Nashville and sleeping in our cars just so we can play a 40-minute set at some festival. After all, there are no guarantees it would lead to anything concrete. Besides, everyone else at the festival is making money, the promoters, the venues, the concessionaires, everyone except the people who should be making the most money, that is, we musicians, we singers, players, and writers. We are being exploited - used, if you will - so others can make money off our backs! Unpaid labor to make money for someone else is called SLAVERY, and as I recall in my history studies, slavery was abolished in this nation over 150 years ago! Is it right to re-establish slavery again, just to say you're giving aspiring new artists a "chance"? I surely don't think so! If you agree with me, e-mail Robert Weingartz at Air Play Direct at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Mr. Weingartz at (678) 318-1900. Let's stop these unfair and wrong practices once and for all, and let's remember the old saying, "If you dance, you've gotta pay the fiddler!"
Thanks, and rock on, Elliott Michaels for GALLEON!