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My Influences

Posted on November 23, 2011 with 0 comments
I would have to say there are at least two individuals in the music realm I would like, or would have liked to meet. The late Mary Lou Williams, legendary pianist/composer is one at the top of my list. I am influenced greatly by what she has done. She's one of the giants that has received countless accolades, awards, and tributes, but in my estimation we just don't hear about her often enough. She was a BAAAAAAAD improvising pianist that had a technique that you wouldn't believe. Williams was a woman of substance, with panache, class, and style. I'm sure she earned a host of degrees, honorary and otherwise. She was an innovator as a composer. Most notably, Mary Lou was a bandleader. She established her position in the Andy Kirk Big Band as the "woman who drives the band..." It should have been named the Mary Lou Williams Big Band. Dr. Mary Lou Williams. Doc could play any style, bop, swing, or stride. Nobody would DARE call her a great pianist, for a woman. Hell, she could play [...]
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Here We Go...Again

Posted on November 6, 2011 with 0 comments
Someone said that if you do the same thing the same way expecting a change in the results, it's insanity. Why do we expect so much, yet give so little energy to change an outcome? It just doesn't work. When we devote more time and energy to the positive means to a positive end, we are more successful. I had a hard lesson to learn about associating myself with people who have a positive attitude, are humble, are ambitious, are intelligent, who perpetually seek knowledge, and who refuse to do the same thing the same way expecting a change in results. I need to take responsibility for my actions, good or bad. I need to surround myself in an environment where people also take responsibility rather than make excuses. There is not enough time in the day to leave anything to chance. Life is too short, and BS can no longer be tolerated. When I examined my past experiences, I mean, really took a hard look at what others around me were doing, and when I allowed my better judgment to accept [...]
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The Importance of Promotion

Posted on October 2, 2011 with 0 comments
Whoa, this music business is a trip! The more I learn about it, the MORE I NEED TO KNOW! Folks, never underestimate the power of marketing, a solid plan, a strategy. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. You can have the best sounding band in the world, but if nobody comes to hear you, it's a total downer, both emotionally and financially. It happens, but we all want to avoid this scenario at all costs. Promotion must be actively done in order to fill the venue you are playing. The more word you get out, the better, and the more times you get that word out, the better your chances are of a successful turnout. Yes, it costs, but you want to ensure that your club owner/booking agent can get you in the club again. Building your fan base is a crucial step in the music business. So is staying in touch with your fans and letting them know what you're doing. The importance of staying out there in the social media is vital to your livelihood. So hey, I'm going to stop right here [...]
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