Faneal Godbold chose to ‘step up’ early on

actress Faneal Godbold
Faneal Godbold (image courtesy fanealgoldbold.com

I’ll soon have an interview with actress and law enforcement expert Faneal Godbold. Recently the CEO of the Recording Academy, responding to complaints about the scarcity of women in the Grammy Awards, said women should “step up.”

Godbold stepped up all on her own.  Continue reading “Faneal Godbold chose to ‘step up’ early on”

Will Facebook music licensing give indies short end of the stick?

Cheers to Getting Sober The Crazy Daysies
Originally released by Sonorous as part of an anthology album, “Cheers” was released by the same company as a single in November, 2017. (Snip: Sonorous Records)

It’s been awhile coming, but Facebook’s music licensing contracts appear to be baked. Not much is available about pop culture contracts. But according to Digital Music News, it’s likely, “If you’re an indie publisher or songwriter, you’re probably going to hate Facebook’s music publishing contract.”   Continue reading “Will Facebook music licensing give indies short end of the stick?”

So, female indie musicians, should you ‘step up’?

photo of stage
Photo of stage Indie Art South

If you read news coverage of any awards event in the entertainment sector, you may wonder if  Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow was right. Portnow drew crits for saying, women need to “step up.”

Portnow used that term after media pointed out the scarcity of female performers among winners in 2018.

Whiplash ensued, and Portnow clarified his remarks, but what you see and what you hear are in conflict.  Continue reading “So, female indie musicians, should you ‘step up’?”

Amid Grammy coverage, song lyrics and one artist overlooked

Artist John Billings works on Grammy trophies. Photo from Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection in Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Div.
Artist John Billings works on Grammy trophies. Photo from Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection in Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Div.

Did you watch the Grammy Awards? I didn’t. Not for political reasons. I just get bored listening to people preach the same thing over and over.

Let’s face it.  Continue reading “Amid Grammy coverage, song lyrics and one artist overlooked”

State ‘rankings’ placing Florida last are based on thin air and snark

Florida Beach photo; Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Florida Flamingos; Florida Beach photo; Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Media are breathlessly touting results of state ‘rankings’ that place the state of Florida dead last in an analysis of states ranked from “best to worst.” The list started with the “worst.”

Headlines blared from eager media who probably are still smarting from Democrats’ loss in the Sunshine State in November, 2016. That’s beside the point, though.

What is inside the point is that media who deliver your evening news on traditional networks actually took these ‘rankings’ seriously.

These aren’t real ‘rankings’.  Continue reading “State ‘rankings’ placing Florida last are based on thin air and snark”

Indie musicians: Can you afford the myth of the starving artist in an Ivory Tower?

Zach Wilkerson "In the Middle of the Night"
Zach Wilkerson performs his song, “In the Middle of the Night”. (Snip: zacwilkersonmusic.com)

Twitter, in my opinion, ranks as the cesspool of social media. Not much can surprise you once you’ve read enough tweets. I saw something yesterday, though, that topped the list for brain dead.  Continue reading “Indie musicians: Can you afford the myth of the starving artist in an Ivory Tower?”

Erykah Badu gets an earful on social media after Vulture interview

Snip from Badu singing "On and On." [YouTube/Vevo]
Snip from Badu singing “On and On.” [YouTube/Vevo]
So many musicians these days get political, it’s hard to keep up. Most hail from one side of the aisle and follow party talking points.

Right now R&B singer Erykah Badu is getting an earful on social media after making remarks about her brand of humanism, including her assertion she saw “something good in Hitler.” The interview appeared on a site named Vulture. Continue reading “Erykah Badu gets an earful on social media after Vulture interview”

The book every songwriter (and poet) should read

A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver (Barnes and Noble)
A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver (Barnes and Noble)

If you write songs, chances are you’ve confronted the same challenges poets confront.

How do you make time-honored themes like love and loss or anger and redemption new again? You have to do that if you’re writing a new song—you can’t rely on standard clichés and rewrite the same tropes, even altered, over and over again.

I often talk to musicians and songwriters in my personal life, and lately, I find myself recommending the one book I think every songwriter (or poet) should read. The latest person I recommended it to is a filmmaker (Hello, Jared Rush).  Continue reading “The book every songwriter (and poet) should read”

Early blues singer Lizzie Miles sang to us, not for herself

Lizzie Miles
Portrait of Lizzie Miles from Know Lousiana, Lousiana Endowment for the Humanities.

Not long ago, Florida poet Odd Rod Borisade, whom I often refer to as ‘America’s Poet,’ said something on Facebook that stuck with me because it’s applicable to any artist.  Continue reading “Early blues singer Lizzie Miles sang to us, not for herself”

For Daysies, little song that could makes Spotify playlists

The Crazy Daysies (Photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)
The Crazy Daysies (Photo: Joel Molotzak Photography)

When Jen and Rebecca began performing together, one of the first songs they recorded was “Until I Win.” I’ve always liked the song, in part because of the lyrics and the message.

It’s consistently performed well in the download world, and now this little song that could actually did.  Continue reading “For Daysies, little song that could makes Spotify playlists”