I CHOPPED OFF PAUL STANLEY’S HEAD!

I remember it clearly.  Back in 3rd grade I had to create a shoebox project of “what do you want to be when you grow up”.  Now most of the normal kids had things like Fireman, Policeman, Teacher, etc…

WHY SHOULD WE BE, ‘NOT AFRAID TO BLEED’?

I’ve found that in life, the anticipation of getting hit is usually worse than the actually bruises themselves. 
Especially in the long run if it prevents you from living your life fully. 

That realization has been quite liberating, so…

STEVE JOBS, THE BEATLES AND SONGWRITING

In the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, Steve discusses how a bootleg recording of the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" sessions helped him shape his business philosophy. 

Steve notes how the song became more complex and more perfect…

BEST LIVE VOCAL MICS REVIEWED BY A WORKING VOCALIST

Singers are always asking me, "what's the best live mic?" Well there really is no single "best microphone". A mic is like a pair of shoes, what fits one person perfectly might not fit another very well at all…

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HOW TO BE A BETTER SONGWRITER AND STAND OUT AS AN INDIE

Being a professional musician I get a chance to hear tons of original music by Indie songwriters. I play with plenty of bands, see other bands on the same bill, go to see all my friends shows, hear fellow indie…

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KNOW THE RULES SO YOU KNOW HOW TO BREAK THEM, SONGWRITING

When it comes to writing a song, or in any craft for that matter, some of the most interesting results come from when one breaks the rules. The one huge caveat that many songwriters forget when doing this is that…

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TAXI ROAD RALLY 2011

Went to my second Taxi Road Rally about a week ago and although I'll post some more of what I learned as I get around to it here are some of my impressions. For those of you not familiar with…

GROOVE

Musical/recording/groove tip of the day. If you hit the one in the pocket you can be really play loose on all the other beats and give it a cool push pull vibe. Listen to the Stones. Also dynamics, and note…