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).
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.
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.
Trying to cut down on clutter, I spent a weekend combing through boxes labeled “Keepsake”. Most of us probably have these “walk down Memory Lane” moments when we’re going through old stuff and land on something that stops us cold. I found a treasure in my treasures. An old book, given to me by my husband, before we married, when we were both in college and living paycheck to paycheck, made all that tedious sorting worthwhile.
Indie artists, like those signed to corporate interests, usually develop a look that’s all their own. I’ve found, courtesy of meeting many musicians over the last few years, that men are often just as discerning as women when it comes to how they dress and present themselves on stage. Does it matter how you look when you go onstage? Does your presentation help your brand?
It’s no secret we’re a family of football fans. College ball. Pro ball. Arena ball. We like it all. So when the Crazy Daysies’ Friday gig got scrubbed because the venue is an outdoor deal, and the rain just kept coming down, Rebecca and Jennifer took sour lemons and made lemonade for our Jacksonville Jaguars. The Daysies decided to do a livestream on Facebook and dedicate it to our team. The girls were ready to sing and play, so the livestream seemed a good idea. That’s only half of it, though. Yes, we are superstitious.
There’s a new monitor in town when it comes to country music airplay. Expanding the options for monitoring will be a good thing for the music industry, and hopefully for indie musicians as well. Move over, top ten charts. How will this work? An announcement from the Americana Music Association about a new partnership explains:
Once I learned about Red Dirt music, I wanted to know more. So I spent some time listening to some of the top figures in that genre. A Facebook friend turned me on to Stoney Larue. Larue is considered one of the top musicians in this genre, and he’s seen success many indie musicians dream about. Larue went from self-releasing an album in 2002 (Downtown) to selling more than a million records. Larue’s website said he plays more than 200 shows each year. What makes him special?
I hadn’t heard about Red Dirt Music until recently. I read an article that mentioned it in connection with a Texas radio station expanding its broadcast capability. Once I found time to take a deeper look, I learned some things. Above all, I’m trying to figure out exactly what it is.
If your work puts you in an outdoor setting, regardless of your genre, chances are you’ve been affected by extreme weather. When an event is canceled, musicians aren’t the only artists disadvantaged. Crafts makers selling wares, food trucks, and others feel the pain. In Florida, indie artists dealt with hurricane and storm cancellations in 2017. As 2018 arrived, our state experienced far colder weather than usual. How do you cope with revenue that gets canceled along with the gig? Is there anything you can do to improve your planning? How do you anticipate weather six or seven months out?