Can membership in a professional organization help an indie musician?

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Photo of stage at Cream of the Crop/Thomasville, GA. (Indie Art South)

If you’re an indie musician, it probably sometimes seems like you’re climbing the steepest mountain on our planet. It’s true you can network with other musicians, but it’s also true you probably have moments when you feel completely alone.

Can membership in a professional organization help an indie musician gain ground?  Continue reading “Can membership in a professional organization help an indie musician?”

In season of giving, Daysies to hold fundraiser for small charity Swamp Haven

Crazy Daysies Rebecca Day with rescue Rusty
Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies) with her rescued pup Rusty. (Used with permission)

Each year, my family contributes to different charities. Some are big. Some are small. It’s the small ones that often go unnoticed even in a season of giving like our Christmas celebrations.

Small charities don’t usually get backed by big corporations with lots of employees. Swamp Haven is a perfect example.  Continue reading “In season of giving, Daysies to hold fundraiser for small charity Swamp Haven”

With latest ‘sexcapade’ firing, do indies see opportunity ahead?

Lauer firing Twitter moments
Lauer’s firing topped social media on Wednesday. (Via @TwitterMoments)

As a long time observer and chronicler of culture, I’ve often wondered how much farther pop culture can descend.

Courtesy of the mass entertainment complex, we’ve been subject to mishaps with a bra on a Super Bowl stage, the perpetual dehumanization of the individual purely for sexual purposes, and a positively reviewed big film that begins with a child’s torture. Recently news feeds also brought breaking news on a Victoria’s Secret model who fell on the runway, “but recovered.”

I ask you. What else could she do? It’s strange that we focus on content like this when so much else is going on around the world.

We’re also subject to political speeches at various concerts whereby entertainers tow their party’s line and lecture the rest of us about our own beliefs.

Should we call for enacting standards? Continue reading “With latest ‘sexcapade’ firing, do indies see opportunity ahead?”

An indie musician who deserves a tribute: Eddie Zomerfeld

 

Left to Right: Robbie Robinson, Eddie Zomerfeld, Skip Davis, Pete Toglio opening for Janis Joplin on Nov. 9, 1969.
Left to Right: Robbie Robinson, Eddie Zomerfeld, Skip Davis, Pete Toglio opening for Janis Joplin on Nov. 9, 1969. (Photo by Larry Clark)

**Please see update at the end of the column.**

My wedding anniversary is approaching again, and naturally, I find myself wondering what happened to some of the people who were so important to me when I was young.

One individual among many deserves a tribute. Eddie Zomerfeld was an indie musician and DJ whose work was well known to many Southern music lovers in the 1970s. I won’t ever forget him because he was right there with us in the chapel at the University of South Carolina when I married my husband.  Continue reading “An indie musician who deserves a tribute: Eddie Zomerfeld”

Turn to indie artists for unique gifts

Valerie Geiger Lumpkin angel ornament
South Carolina artist Valerie Geiger Lumpkin makes these angels with natural materials like seashells and moss. Each angel is unique.

With the Christmas season approaching, we’ll all probably buy more gifts than we anticipated. This year, instead of hitting the ‘click’ button for a mass-produced item, consider doing something different. At the very least, you likely won’t have to worry about your recipient already having one of what you’re giving.  Continue reading “Turn to indie artists for unique gifts”

Boutique Wine Bar in Palm Coast gets a discreet makeover

The Crazy Daysies performed for Hammock Wine and Cheese's new banner reveal celebration. (L to R) Rebecca Day, Jennifer Day Thompson. (Photo used with permission)
The Crazy Daysies performed for Hammock Wine and Cheese’s new banner reveal celebration. (L to R) Rebecca Day, Jennifer Day Thompson. (Photo used with permission)

Many musicians in Florida are acquainted with The Original Hammock Wine and Cheese bar in Palm Coast (FL). This boutique bar features indie musicians on a regular basis, and has done so for quite some time. Why do I call it a ’boutique bar’?  Continue reading “Boutique Wine Bar in Palm Coast gets a discreet makeover”

Jax musician enhances holiday spirit at Winn-Dixie

Jacksonville musician Oleta Riggs
Jacksonville musician Oleta Riggs sang tunes at a special event at Winn-Dixie in Mandarin on Thursday. (Photo: Indie Art South)

The Winn-Dixie in Mandarin had special events all around on Thursday. Mr. Peanut came to visit, arriving in the Peanut-Mobile. A vendor was cooking sausages, handing them out free to customers (bun included).

As all this commenced outside on the breezeway, Jacksonville musician Oleta Riggs played tunes inside the store. All this created a very nice holiday spirit for shoppers.

Oleta is active in Jacksonville’s music community, playing at Open Mics and at restaurants like Tijuana Flats and special events like the Christmas Festival.

Hat tip to Winn-Dixie for providing opportunities for indie Florida musicians, and for adding those special touches to the busy holiday shopping season. Hat tip to Oleta for some lovely tunes.

The Crazy Daysies meet Mr. Peanut

The Crazy Daysies with Mr. Peanut.
The Crazy Daysies loved meeting Mr. Peanut. Shown in front of the Peanutmobile: (L to R) Rebecca Day, Mr. Peanut, Jennifer Day Thompson, and baby Kayla. (Photo: Indie Art South)

Sometimes, girls just gotta’ have fun, as the song goes. So when the Crazy Daysies learned Mr. Peanut (and his ride) would be at the Winn-Dixie in Mandarin on Thursday, they headed over. Baby Kayla didn’t quite know what to think, but she ended up getting ice cream afterwards, so all was well. Kayla did say hello to him, but as for Mr. Peanut, mum’s the word. 🙂

Improve Your Songwriting in Three Steps

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Photo of stage at Cream of the Crop/Thomasville, GA. (Indie Art South)
Jen Day Thompson
Jen Day Thompson

Independent musicians earning weekly paychecks playing in bars know their fair share of cover songs. More and more, indie artists are learning about the revenue opportunities for original music through streaming services like Spotify.

Original music can take a musician’s business and brand to the next level. It’s not always easy to translate the creative musings in our minds to lyrics and melody, but here are three ways to start improving your songwriting right now. Continue reading “Improve Your Songwriting in Three Steps”

Psycho-thriller wraps in Jax as Sioux Falls gets attention for indie film action

Going to Kill Someone film poster
Poster image courtesy of filmmakers

Production on the film I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday has officially wrapped, with editing and post-production work still ahead.

Those of us who eagerly await the premiere will get to see the film in 2018.

As North Florida filmmakers do their best to get their works to market, a distant city is gaining attention for coalescing the community around an industry that will only grow as technology makes filmmaking more accessible and indie artists gain ground.

That distant city’s climate and population are very different than Jacksonville, Florida’s.

Continue reading “Psycho-thriller wraps in Jax as Sioux Falls gets attention for indie film action”