I originally intended to keep track of the playlist at the wedding and post it here afterwards, but I didn’t bother to and I didn’t ask my buddy who dj-ed to keep track either. We just had a good day and he played the music. He put on a Pandora Wedding Songs playlist before the ceremony, then we played our playlist, and then we ended with more Pandora. Continue Reading
These are the lyrics to a song I’ve been working on for a couple years now. The first verse came to me one day in the shower, to the tune of Tom Petty’s Last Dance. Obviously I was single at the time. The second verse came to me one day while I was away from the wife for five weeks. Anyway, just think of the harmonica part at the break. It just needs a verse in between these two to connect them, and/or something to end it. Other than that though, I think it’s perfect so far.
This isn’t a how-to of illegally downloading music, this is so that artists are aware of how easy it is to not get paid for their music. Basically, if you post a song online, it can be downloaded for free. Youtube is the easiest to download from, soundcloud is super easy as well; whether you provide a download link or not, songs can be taken right off of almost any website. Be aware of this when you post your music online; post samples of your songs, not full songs if you’re really looking to sell the song. Another thing an artist/band can do is upload a slightly different version of a song- maybe without a drumtrack, or an instrumental-only version. Another method is to voice over the song, such as near the beginning and end, the music might lower in volume and a person can say (right over the song) “You’re listening to XX by YY from their album ZZ.” Another thing you could do is to put up a demo. Just some ideas. Continue Reading
Ever listen to a song and wonder what the artist’s original intent was lyrically? Some songs are pretty black-and-white with their lyrics, just saying exactly what they mean. Most pop music is like this because the more you have to think about the meaning, the less fans you’re going to have. But some songs, or even whole albums are cleverly worded and not outwright with their meanings, using lots of idioms and hidden messages. Continue Reading
I think it’s safe to assume that some people believe that the music industry basically works like this- a label decides they need another hundred million dollars, so they hire someone to write a bunch of pop hits, then they pick someone based on image and that person becomes the “artist” or band and performs these songs. This is shown in South Park’s episode “Something You Can Do With Your Finger” about boy bands (Season 4 Episode 8). I think the quality of pop music backs this theory up as well, and honestly, even though a lot of us might understand that this definitely isn’t always how it works, this really does happen often enough. Continue Reading