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Four Ways to Significantly Improve Your Verse Lyrics

I thought I'd start this article with an analogy. Verses are to a song as vegetables are to a meal. And, just as we should all eat our vegetables, we should make sure our songs have interesting, well-balanced verses. To that end, I've put down a few things to keep in mind if you'd like to improve your verse lyrics.
Ron Hacker

Terri'Touars Blues Festival - Thouars, France

This was the 11th festival held in the small market town of Thouars, about 60 Kms South of the Loire in SW France, an area readily reachable by car from the UK inside a day. As usual, the format included an opening show with a few US players and event sponsors and local big-wigs both present, followed by...

Three Lessons You Shouldn’t Learn From Taylor Swift, Thom Yorke & Beyoncé

Taylor Swift, Thom Yorke, and Beyoncé are some of the most famous musical artists in the world. Whenever one of them has gone rogue with their album release or distribution strategy, it’s obviously become big headlines. But here’s the thing: Taylor Swift, Thom Yorke, and Beyoncé are some of the most famous musical artists in the world!!!

How to Build Your Fanbase Using YouTube Cards

Cards: the evolution of annotations. Have you used YouTube annotations to enhance your music videos? Well get ready for YouTube “cards” — the new, mobile-friendly YouTube interactivity feature that will eventually replace annotations. (Don’t worry, though; YouTube claims they won’t phase out annotations until cards can do everything that...

Mike Peters In Concert at The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA

Mike Peters celebrated his legacy at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA on March 26, 2015, in a two-hour concert that defied the solo, acoustic setting with performances of Alarm anthems that yielded a number of sing- and shout-along moments, clapping accompaniment and cheers all the way around.
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Jane Lynch and Her "See Jane Sing" Tour in Atlanta

Although I hate to acknowledge it publicly, I'm a "Gleek." In case you don't know what that means, I'm admitting to having watched Glee on television. One of my favorite characters on the show was Coach Sue Sylvester, portrayed by veteran actor, comedian and stage performer, Jane Lynch. So, I was excited to be attending her "See Jane Sing" tour as it made a stop...

Dreaming Big With a Day Job

We have all either met them or read about them. Those extraordinary human beings of mastery who apparently do not need sleep and can make 24 hours look like a week. One of my favorite historical figures who has always made me feel like a complete slacker was Ben Franklin. To name a few of his roles and goals: statesman, writer, inventor...

MisterWives at the High Watt in Nashville

From a scattered crowd at their afternoon concert at Rites to a sold out show at High Watt Tuesday night, the Misterwives have come a long way in the past year. Their hit “Reflections” brought national attention to them just in time for the release of their first studio album, “Our Own House.” Formed in 2012 in New York City, the Misterwives have quickly flourished...

Give Your Music Website a 5-Minute Makeover

All winter my backyard has looked like one of those “north of the Wall” segments from Game of Thrones. Now that I can hear the faint trickle of melting ice, I’m just going to go ahead and declare that Spring has arrived two weeks early. Which also means it’s time to take a fresh look at your band website and make sure it’s up-to-date. Remember: most of the people...

Three Ways To Make Being Your Own Publisher Make Sense

So often as songwriters we hold the publishing deal out there as some kind of holy grail. I understand the mindset as so much of our work is solitary and the kind of industry acknowledgement that a publishing deal represents can be a very tempting proposition. In fact, signing with a publisher is a business arrangement and, as with any business deal, it deserves...

5 Tips for Blog Coverage

It used to be that just one good review in a magazine could sell loads of albums. Even a bad review could be really good for business if it was in a publication like Rolling Stone. That's all changed since magazine reviews have become pretty irrelevant as the music world has moved online. Now its the music blogs like Pitchfork or Stereogum that can make...

Hannah Aldridge - Gig Review at The Green Note in London

Aldridge is a gal with real stage presence and a big, bustling, bouncy voice to match. Standing at just under six feet tall, she easily dominated the small, cupboard-alcove-cum-stage at this popular North London venue. Truth is, The Green Note has never been a personal favorite; it's just too cramped, too intimate for genuine comfort. Oh, and it's just...
Hans Theesnick and Terry Evans

Hans Theessink - Around the Block a Time or Two

For the past fifty years or so Hans Theessink has been on the road, an international blues-trail that has taken him from his hometown of Enschede in the Netherlands through the USA, UK, Australia and most of Europe. Each year brings fresh challenges and his well-known Birthday Bashes have spawned CDs, DVDs and become...

9 Femme Fatales In Rock That Are Killing It Right Now

Let’s not use the term girl power lightly. Here are 9 female-fronted rock bands that really know how to get loose and sweaty with a guitar. Just like in The Ocarina of Time, this is a three-piece like a triforce you’ve been looking. If you’re looking for an all-female rock trio that is. I wrote about Ex Hex a while ago, and they’re a good choice to...
Pentatonix in Concert - Atlanta

Pentatonix in Concert - Atlanta

A capella quintet Pentatonix is riding a rocket. They're not only riding it, the boosters are firing and they are shooting into the heavens (and up the charts) at some of the fastest speeds known to the music world. Five years ago, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi and Kristin Maldonado formed the group as a trio...
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