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Yellowtieguy / Blog

Offical CD Release Party 5/21/2012

(This article also appears on our website at www.yellowtieguy.us)

Hey Everybody! As you all know, our first studio album, "Joy In the Mourning" is slated for release on May 21, 2012. We're using our partners at Tunecore to distribute to all the major online retailers worldwide, including iTunes & Amazon.

While we love the ability to reach so many people digitally, we also really like having a CD to listen to. Pre-Orders are available for either the digital download or the CD right here at yellowtieguy.us in the store.

But really, there's no substitute for being a part of a special concert event, and getting your copy of the album to commemorate. That's why we are super excited to announce that we are performing our offical CD Release Party at the Soundstage in Baltimore, MD on May 21, 2012, the same day as the digital release! This will be an extremly exciting event as it is in partnership with 98 Rock's Noise in the Basement hosted by Matt Davis!

We'll be on the air with 98 Rock at 9:00pm EST on Sunday, May 20th, 2012, to talk to Matt and to spin some tracks from the new album. Local fans can tune in to 97.9 on their radio dials, and our global fanbase can still listen in on www.98online.com

Then on Monday, May 21, 2012 we'll be performing songs from the new album, and sneaking in some special surprises! Doors open at 8pm and there's an open bar from 8pm -9pm, plust 98cent drink specials after that!

Tickets are just $5.00 and will be available shortly from the YTG website so keep your eyes peeled!

It's an all ages show so you can bring the whole family to hang out!

There is also a parking lot located in the same building as the cluib for $5.00 per car. You get a ticket in the garage when you park and then you can get your validation card from the ticket booth when you enter the club so you can get your special $5.00 parking price!

This is also a special day because we have a lot of birthdays going on from friends, family, and fans! We'll be celebrating the 21st birthday of YTG frontman Daniel W. Hill's sister, Angela (who sang backing vocals on "War"), and other members of the YTG street team! Let us know if you're having a birthday that week(end) too at yellowtieguy@gmail.com. We'd love to celebrate with you!

Hitting the Airwaves & Pages

Category: News Published on Saturday, 11 February 2012 23:35 Hits: 7 Today has been a fun and eventful day for YTG.

At 5pm EST, our new single "How Could I" was played on DJ Chris's All Request Party with Danny Martignetti on WMFO 95.1 in Medford, MA right outside of Boston.

You can listen to WMFO online at www.wmfo.org

Check out Danny Martignetti's show the lounge on Thursday nights from 8-10pm and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/theloungeradioshow

Special thanks to Danny and Chris for letting us open up the show played alongside one of our favorite bands, 51 Shortfalls.

We'd also like to send a special thanks to Joseph Norris and the Maryland Independent for taking the time to write a review of "Joy In the Mourning". If you're local you should pick up a copy of one of the Southern Maryland Newspapers, and you can also read the article online at http://www.somdnews.com/article/20120210/ENTERTAINMENT/702109959&template=southernMaryland

"Joy in the Mourning", is of course, available for Pre-Order in the YTG store. Pick up your copy now, and tell your friends.

We also had a super sweet time with Pet the Monster last night at Memories! Thanks everyone for coming out! We'll do Part 2 with Pet the Monster at the Green Turtle in La Plata, MD on February 24th. It's going to be a great show, no question, so mark your calender!

As a final thought, we would love an opportunity to rock out at the Island Bay Day Festival, but we need your votes to make that happen! Cast your vote on http://www.facebook.com/questions/10150523660433749/

New Blog Entry?

The last time we used the reverbnation blog was back in October of 2010. We've bounced around to some other services for our blog, but now we're back! This is a great opportunity for you to read the blog even if you don't consistently check out the www.yellowtieguy.us website. We'll try to keep you updated!

Well, the Gorilla Music, DC Battle of the Bands showcase is officially over, and the winners this go around are Mothership! Congratulations guys!

There were a lot of great bands at the event! Everyone was talented & professional. Special shout out to runner ups, For the Broken. They had a lot of great fans there and put on a good show! It was a close call!

Want to make sure that I mention the other wonderful bands there, because I feel most of our fans would enjoy a lot of the music. It's our pleasure to introduce: Southern Governer, Hye Tension, Despite Charm, Disengage, and Grand Revival.

A great mix of genres and overall great show, at what was formerly Jaxx.

That's right I said formerly. What was once Jaxx, is now Empire, and it's going through some changes that are going to be exciting for Springfield, VA! The place is getting a face lift inside and there was an awesome crew of people keeping things moving. Send some love to Zach, Jason, Pete, Diego, Gene, Mike, Jeff, Heidi next time you're in the area (Sorry if I missed anyone!).

We'd really like to thank Empire, and Gorilla Music, especially Bryan Pauley, for setting up & coordinating the event and coming out all the way from Cleveland to run the show. What a great time!

Oh yeah! Did I mention YTG played too?! If you were at the event and wanna tell everyone what a great time you had, or if you have photos of the event that you'd like to share with us, track us down on facebook at www.facebook.com/yellowtieguy

We hold each other up!

I have a few articles I'd like to share, and some of my thoughts:




The first line says it all. Ignorance is the #1 reason why you steal via illegal downloading. Did you know of all the wonderful avenues currently available to you to show your support to an artist, a musician, a film-maker?

Now why would you want to support them at all?

Imagine a world without music. Have you ever been moved by the writings of a specific author? A movie? A photograph?

There are convenient, free, services like Hulu, Deviantart, and Reverbnation where you can personally choose to be up to date on whatever your passions may lie, and have opportunity to support the arts that inspire you, whether by ad or direct support.

Here's another idea for you


Choose to be inspired in a way that can

The Value of Video

I receive industry info thanks to my ASCAP relationship. One of the sites mentioned regards youtube's triumph over myspace as far as content viewed relating to music and artists.


I feel that the biggest advantage youtube has over myspace involves it's relationship with search features that create direct connections with the content.

For example, I can type an artist's name and song title into google and then access the song directly within a typically short amount of time.

Myspace often has limited resources for content placement & organization, is difficult to develop and maintain, does not always have smooth operation of the features it's attempting to develop. Myspace also offers minimal content in the sense that if I'm searching for a particular song by a particular artist, it may have been removed to allow space for new content.

I guess basically, what I'm trying to say is. I myself use youtube when hunting a particular song or artist down. Sometimes it's because I actually want to see the video content, but often it's a matter of convenience, which is really what I think myspace is currently lacking in large quantities.

I once received a letter like this! TY!

Hey Dan, I have two questions. 1. My bass is in massive need of help with tuning. 2. What equipment will I need to have a decent recording studio. Like, audio wise.

That's a really tough question regarding recording equipment. You basically have 2 really good options that I'm aware of these days: 1) Portable recording workstations (like the Tascam ones we carry at HotLicks) or (2) a combination of a decent computer and an audio interface that gives you a little room to grow (like the Mbox, also available at Hot Licks:P) lol. That's the best I can do for now, but we can talk a little bit more. Give yourself lots and time and patience to evaluate the benefits of home recording versus studio recording. In a cost by cost analysis, I came to the conclusion that, the unit I purchased was around the same cost of almost 8 hours of recording. With that in mind you could probably complete about 3-4 demo tracks in that studio time without having to go through the learning curve of new equipment.


Because the people cried out and demanded it!

I begin to write this, my thesis of the methods in which someone who wishes to be heard, to be thrown into the hat of legacy and fate and see if you will be remembered by the people. "With what reputation will I be remembered?", I ask. IS that as important as that I be remembered? I've been told it is better be loved than feared, so I will begin there.

Some simple rules:

They should be familiar. Credit where credit is due.

1) Some of them want to use you 2) Some of them want to be used by you 3) Some of them want to be abused 4) You can't always get what you want (but if you try you just might find you get what you need) 5) You can fool some of the people all the time 6) You can fool all of the people some of the time 7) You cannot fool all of the people all of the time. 8) Time is on my side

Cam you love someone and use them? Abuse them? Can someone love you and use you? Yes, indeed. To be used of one's full potential is a great inner calling from every single one of us. Elbert Hubbard said something along the lines of a man's worth was based on his agreeableness and use-fullness.

Some warning: You can use some of the people all of the time, and you can use all of the people some of the time, but do not use all of the people all of the time.

Moving on... You can't always get what you want. Get used to it. Some days you win, some days you lose. You got to know when to hold em and know when to fold em. Ahem.

Looking back at opportunities where you could have done more can be a very painful thing, but it would be better to endure the mistake knowing it will never be made again, rather than reliving the same experience over and over again without realizing how to pick up and move on. Typically the scales tip here and there leaving you with some things in your favor again, and in others with which you are out of favor. Them's the breaks, kid.

As for fooling people.

Fake it if you're out of direction. Fake it if you don't belong here. Seether

What if I say I'm not like the others? What if I say I'm not just another one of your plays? You're the pretender. What if I say I will never surrender? Foo Fighters

So there you go.

That simple you ask?

Yeah, all you have to do is fake it...at least long enough for the autopilot (aka. windrider) to take effect. Eventually some of the things that you thought were difficult will require only simple management and maintenance. Your skills are improving daily!

Or...you could really suck at it...and that's okay too!

For example: Do you have fear of getting on stage?

Try anyway!

But...what if...you never get up on stage?

Is it impossible to be a musician now? What will we do?

...maybe we can still use our musical talent to write the music that others perform on stage...

PHEW! That was close! We really didn't know if we'd come up to a solution for that one.

Seriously folks, Time is on your side. You are a little fish in a big pond, after all. You will have a lot of ocean to swim before other fish will remember you in the event you become hooked.

The music business can be stated simply. Clearly.


I've been playing the match for over 11 years now. "So, where is Yellowtieguy in this...endurance match?", You ask.

Well I'm glad you asked...

...to be continued.

The More We Grow - If It's Up to Me Pt02 - Nov 1,2009

Continue to seek methods of volunteering your time and energy on a project you believe in.

Moment by moment send your intent into the world.

Intend things for yourself.

DO intentionally.

He who has a 'why' to live for can bear almost any 'how' - Freidrich Nietzche

The secret of success is constancy of purpose. - Benjamin Disraeli

Critical Mass.

An idea has to have a true value, not simply subjective rationalism if it is going to extend into the realm of legacy. An idea that can be bought and sold will never have more than subjective value. When something of true value is pitted against subjective value, the idea that contains will 'win out' every time (in time).

Truth can be subjective. What is true? What have you been told to be true? What is real truth regardless of perceptions? If time does reveal all things, is truth revelation? Is something more true because one person believes it over another?

What's in it for me?

If you care at all you'll get some results. If you care enough you'll get incredible results. - Jim Rohn

Success comes when you do what you love to do, and commit to being the best in your field. - Brian Tracy

Commit to change yourself. Not the system. Follow after the action, movement, and activity of what will direct and lead you to your destination.

Keep it simple.

It's not about what you are, it's about what you think you are not - unknown

You can't choose what happens to you but you can choose what happens in you. - unknown

Commitment to consistency will produce emotional stability. - Art Leezer

You can't wait for the success to start committing. - Steven Davies

The irony of commitment is that it is greatly liberating. - Brandon Ellison

Most of our problems are not in what we understand, but in what we do. When a man has put a limit on what he will do he has put a limit on what he can do. Most people fail to think creatively when problems arise.

Problem spotters VS. Problem solvers.

People do not buy (take action) because it is not convenient. We have all set aside time now to be solution seekers together. Protection cannot begin until the decision is made.

Identify, Repeat, Reiterate, Acknowledge the WHY

Meet the immediate need. Do not overwhelm. They're just afraid they're going to make the wrong decision.

If it's to be, it's up to me. - unknown

The More We Grow - If It's Up To Me Pt01- Nov 1, 2009

If it's up to me... Ideas: The Mitch Hedburg Monologues Snap Lighters Globe Notebooks When you see it - mirrors

Production is the elimination of wasted motion. - John C. Crider

Logically. Within Reason.

Make your excuses your reasons. - Phillip Hudgins

If you're not prepared to be wrong you'll never come up with anything original. - unknown

Intelligence, Epiphany.

If I don't know I'll have a go. - unknown


Get your head in the game. Do you want to stop the leak?

Help other people realize what you've come to realize.

Take your eyes off yourself. You must know the names and faces of those you want to benefit,

Nothing to lose means nothing but gain. - Courage Fox

There is a great gift that the citizens of our nation and of the globe have both understood and forgotten: One person can make a difference. The difference that one person can make is the potential for both success and failure.

Given the right paradigm: the system to maintain it, and the belief (faith) and leadership to encourage change, growth, and development. The attitude of seeking and seeing the benefits, the commitment to long term relationships and ideas.

One person may provide all these necessary concepts to bear fruit.

Some people believe these traits exist within a select few. Others believe it exists within everyone.

It is really when we see that both statements are true we see that the center is the closest truth.

Too common, if an idea is seemingly without intrinsic value, we ask, "Can I compensate you enough for you to perceive value." In essence, "Can I buy you? What is your price?"

Believe it or not, value is the fundamental on which every idea is considered before it is projected. If we as individuals do not find value in our own ideas than we remove them from our mind. However, if an idea has personal value in our minds, we consider what that value means, then we reveal our idea in hopes that others will also perceive value. That is projection.

A scarcity mentality leads to a deficiency motivation. "There's only so much to go around. I just don't want to be without."

Only, If the projected idea becomes acted on is it then considered to contain enough value, or the right kind of value, by those considering it.

Value is subjective. It is possible that an idea will not have the same value if the persons considering the idea are different from before. Perhaps there is a loss of drive, desire, passion, motivation, discipline, or even direction. Usually these are applied elsewhere in the event of a loss of focus. This can also occur when persons on a project are replaced.

Enthusiasm increases a person's accomplishments, while apathy increases his alibis - John C. Maxwell

The More We Grow - The Closest Distance - August 10,2009


The closest distance between two points is the center.

The outpouring of togetherness

Interpersonal Intrapersonal Reflections Receive them.

There are many things I am not in control of today, but either by myself or the will of other Beings, I am made aware that I shall one day be in control of them so I think of them and on them presently that when I am to receive them I may do it with joy and not with grief for that is unprofitable for myself and also for you.

Every day, and every circumstance that is presented to me is able to be controlled by me based on the proper implication and application of my responses.

At least 50% bullshit I am not a victim. I am a choice - Rodger Steinbrenner

The defining factor is never resources. It's resourcefulness - Unkown

Today First, Tomorrow Second, Yesterday Last -Unknown

If I can handle today tomorrow will handle itself. -Unkown

When your actions and responses are the product of the desires of your own heart and mind you are actively participating in self discipline.

Leadership is a process not a program

There is nothing as powerful as an idea whose time has come. - Victor Hugo

You cannot manage a decision you have not made. - John C. Maxwell

You cannot talk yourself out of problems you behave yourself into. - Steven Covey

Esse Wuam Videri: To be, rather than to seem - North Carolina State Motto

Any way I begin this will be the proper way to begin. The means of success has already been applied and supplied and I need only to begin and continue in order to reap the fruits of the efforts of my mind.

Every undertaking begins with death. Voluntarily or Involuntarily, death will occur. My death could lead to the beautiful realization of my vision or my death could lead to the destructive forces of the perception of failure within myself.

Consider every possible concept known to mankind is a project: a projection of myself or the projection of another. To which project would I resign myself to? Or would I rather dedicate myself to a project?

Moment by moment send your intent out into the world.

Intentionally do what your mind intends.

Is there a project that already exists that I can justify investing my time in? (More than likely) Search it out if you don't see it immediately around you. Do I have an idea or a concept worth investing my time in? (More than likely) In your mind, start where you want to be and work your way back to the beginning: the first task you can apply yourself to now, and begin.

Be mentally strong. When you advance through your fear you will evolve your mind into the destroyer of fear.

With 1% of your dream.

You can't be dynamic without being specific.

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