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A good friend once told me that if you want music to stay fun, don't ever try to make your living at it - I'm happy to say that it's still fun!!!
I’m a composer, arranger and musician with a day job… My "side" career so far has been amazing. I have friends and clientele that include some of the best musicians in the country, and also in the world! I’ve performed with amazing people, including jazz and pop recording artists, stars from Broadway, television and film – written music for video games, commercials, award winning documentary films, television, marching bands and now even podcasts. Oh yeah, I have a few CD's as well, some got national air play. Wow.
It's a blessing I hope to never take for granted.
February 2016 - Letter from the Editor
Next month will see the relaunch of my podcast, "Music, Mayhem and Motivation." What an amazing opportunity!
After yet another recent meeting I felt was rather unproductive, I said to a musician friend, "Life would be so much easier if instrumental music were mandatory in school"
I hope everyone enjoys the new focus and format. Also check out the interesting variety of podcasts as well as mine in Dr. Will's Neighborhood.
January 2016 – Letter from the Editor
Years ago I had a subscription to “Gig Magazine.” It had a lot of helpful information about promoting and marketing your band, how to create opportunities, make an inexpensive demo and a standout press kit, and yes - find gigs.
In the last dozen years, as I became a real student of jazz, I found that the “Jazztablishment” has some definitive lines of demarcation as well - although it’s more about your level of musical ability rather than your capacity to live out of a van - but the labels are handed out: “Professional” or “Musician” and finally “Amateur.” Everyone gets adjudicated, but don’t let it get you down. Seriously – I’ll say it again.
Do you have fun when you play? Are you excited and thrilled when you learn something new? Are you driven to practice and improve?
Are you John Coltrane? Are you Freddie Hubbard?
Play for yourself, play for your friends and family, play from your heart – and let the stress and self critique go… You’re doing the right thing, and it’s going to be okay. If you keep doing it, it’s going to be even better.
This whole concept is about helping you to find those cats in your neighborhood.