If you’re a restaurant or bar relying on your outdoor deck for spillover seating or live music, you’re probably not happy about enforcement of an ordinance on lighting in the city of Asheville. The ordinance wasn’t just a result of public debate—the local astronomy club apparently had a large amount of influence. Could this ordinance spread from North Carolina to other cities? Musicians everywhere, take note.
In the mid-nineties, Americans began to celebrate April as National Poetry Month, courtesy of the Academy of American Poets. The celebration is observed by those who still love what is arguably the most difficult art to do well. When was the last time you read a poem? Maybe it’s time.
The historic Woodstock—the original, not the knockoff—gave a whole new perspective on concerts decades ago. Who could forget near-naked (and naked) bodies grooving across the fields? Thing is, Woodstock was above-ground. Did you know there’s a concert below-ground?
There’s no doubt that suffering is painful, but it can also lead to positive outcomes. Now a song inspired by suffering has inspired a film with the same title. “I Can Only Imagine” crossed into the mainstream music market after becoming a hit in the Christian market. The story behind the song also touched a nerve. There’s a lesson here of sorts for aspiring musicians.
Today is International Women’s Day. Many women’s contributions throughout history are just now beginning to surface. As civilization has advanced, our playing field has become more level in many countries. One woman whose name is probably not mentioned in most school classrooms is Mercy Otis Warren. It’s time to meet her.
What gives a song shelf life? What makes some songs so special they’re still relevant a century after being written? Tips on songwriting can be found at various industry websites, but one tip posted at Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) raised my eyebrows and made me ask myself a question. Is “simple” really the best advice for how art should proceed?
It doesn’t matter if you’re selling music or your independently published book or hand-crafted jewelry. You are your own brand. That brand will say everything to a newcomer who hears about your product via media or word of mouth. If you’re doing things as a hobby and don’t have an interest in profit, you probably don’t need to read another word of this. But if you view your endeavors as a business venture, read on.
Check out your nearest social media and you’ll see lots of messages and posts about Valentine’s Day. Some posts praise a lover. Other posts offer support to those who are single. Still other posts show how some countries want to ban the day when we in the US celebrate love. And, if we purchase something for a loved one, capitalism. I found a lot of pretty bad poetry. I also found some posts that made me laugh.
I’ve been clearing clutter from boxes of memorabilia acquired over many years. I came across a ticket stub from a concert that meant a lot to me. And it’s a real show stopper in one sense.
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.