On music, LeBron James may be cheap, but freebies are irresistible

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Spotify, like Pandora, has both a freebie and a budget-friendly premium version. (Snip: spotify.com)

Going unnoticed among the news gossip cycle is an interview a sports network presenter did with LeBron James. The interview sparked some commentary on a popular music site, leading to the conclusion James is “too cheap” to pay for streaming music.

As the interview disclosed, James still has “Pandora with commercials.”

How cheap is James, really?  Continue reading “On music, LeBron James may be cheap, but freebies are irresistible”

Mary J. Blige concert a bridge across the river ‘Turmoil’

Jen Day ThompsonBy Jennifer Day Thompson

I tend to avoid news sites. I even find myself staying away from social media some days. For a self-employed musician, social connections and engagement are everything. But every time I peruse Facebook or watch a local news broadcast, I’m bombarded with messages of hate and tragedy. I don’t report to an office each day.

My office is across the hall from my daughter’s bedroom. I may spend 3-4 days at home, working on music as I’m able while raising a two-year-old. When the end of the week arrives and our gig schedule kicks in, I venture out to towns in the  Southeast to make new friends and see old ones at our shows.  Continue reading “Mary J. Blige concert a bridge across the river ‘Turmoil’”