Freaky: Did our ancestors ‘talk’ to my daughter and me?

Sometimes life is stranger than art. An experience with a new song Rebecca wrote this week caused me to stop and reflect for a moment. It has to do with Celts, sirens, and whatever might be lurking in our DNA. Is there passive consciousness of heritage? 

It’s personal: Rebecca explores faith and roots with “Living Room Blues”

I write about all types of artists, but this article is personal. Rebecca Day, vocalist and guitarist for The Crazy Daysies, will soon release a song that took her on a journey into faith and roots. The song is a personal reflection on what her faith means, and it was partly inspired by frustration. Have you ever sat in church and become frustrated with politics in the pulpit? I have, and so have others. “Living Room Blues and Faith” was in part inspired by that experience.

Will US music be affected by EU’s Article 13 targeting sites like YouTube?

Who doesn’t listen to music by surfing videos at YouTube? Many of us love to stroll through pages and pages of links in hopes of finding a song or artist whose message touches our minds and hearts. Of late there’s been a lot of media coverage, primarily in the European Union, about passage of Article 13. If you’re a working musician or a fan, it’d be a good idea to learn more about this because although the EU Parliament didn’t pass the copyright law, the battle isn’t over, and US media do a lousy job covering matters of importance related

Looking for live music or playing it? Check out your state’s trade groups

If you’re an independent musician, chances are you don’t have a manager working on all the small items that can lead to big things. If you’re a music lover interested in finding venues where live music is featured regularly, chances are you might not be sure how to find those venues. One resource for both musicians and their fans is their state’s trade group. For instance, Florida has a very active association that features a directory of live performances across one of the nation’s largest states and beyond. 

It’s National Camera Day, and I’m singing praises

There’s admittedly a day for just about everything, and today is National Camera Day. We recently got a great camera and although I also have a good camera in my phone, I’m in love with this new one. It has all kinds of ‘whichits’ and ‘whatits’, shoots great video too, and is proving to be a plus for my work and for shots of my daughters’ band. We got an amazing deal, by the way.

CDs still staple for country fans; streaming services took note at CMA fest

A story at Billboard about a recent effort at CMA Fest in Nashville confirmed what we’d already learned. CDs are still a staple for country fans, and probably for indie fans as well. In an effort to up their share of the market, streaming services like Amazon, Spotify, and iHeart Radio took action and had a larger presence at this year’s Country Music Association event. Crunching numbers leads to some interesting insights.

Catching up with the Crazy Daysies

 The Crazy Daysies are in perpetual motion these days, and it’s hard sometimes even for me to keep up. They peppered me with questions when they were young. Now it’s me bugging them about venues, gig times, and paperwork. Summer will be busy, and I’ve already advised them to stock up on bug repellant for outdoor gigs in the South. It’s not just the music that has them hopping though.

A Valentine for Tara

In coming weeks, I’ll be migrating previously published content to this site in an effort to centralize my articles on the arts. I wanted the first in this migration to be an account of a young woman whose passing came far too early. Tara Richardson was a friend who was like family. She was so much a part of our musical journey, always coming out to be part of my daughters’ gigs and charity endeavors. I still find myself expecting to see her come through the door sometimes when we’re at a performance. Easter brought back keen memories of this

My personal anthem is officially released: ‘Back Off’

Today marks the release of a song inspired after a conversation with my daughters about standing your ground. I learned early on how vital it was to encourage my daughters to think independently and to never yield to peer pressure on something they didn’t agree with. (Article continues after video below.)

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