Category Archives: Musical Journeys

My Presentation at the Utah Music Festival Workshop

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A Case Study in Live Performance (Part 1)

I’m going to say something that is going to upset a lot of musicians. I totally understand why you feel the way you do when you complain about fans at shows constantly having their phones out and taking pictures or videos of the performance instead of just watching it without using mobile devices. But with…

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The Art Of Not Quitting

It’s easy to be hardcore when you’re a young musician. I remember those days well. You’re willing to play any gig at any time, drive as far and in whatever weather as needed, compromise your own comfort and income, drive a beater, live on ramen noodles and cheap beer, and to do anything else required…

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Singer Gets Mistaken For A “Dancing Monkey”

I just got of the phone with a dear, old friend. From way back before “Schwilly” was even a thing. One of the BEST singers I’ve ever known. She’s been toiling away the last 2 decades in the midwest jamband scene. Trying to make a name for herself. We haven’t spoken in a while. But…

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Love The Mistake (It’s Like “Love The Bomb” – Only… Not)

At coffee, I run into everyone. Our town only has one coffee shop, so it’s easy to find everyone there. I ran into a couple of musicians that I’ve jammed with, and I dig their tunes! Well, like me, they signed up for Distrokid – and like me, they have the eternal musician’s struggle: Record,…

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Ancient Toltec Wisdom For The Modern Day Musician

Musicians can be the targets of a LOT of harsh words. It sucks when coming from strangers. But it cuts EXTRA deep when they come from “supposed” friends. Does any of this sound familiar to you? “Are you enjoying your hobby?” “Honestly, I think your band sucks and I’d rather be dead than caught on…

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There’s Never Going To Be A “Right” Time

Truer words have never been spoken.  That is why I’m using this quote from an interview, I recently watched, as the title of this article.  The quote is from my good friend Nate Compton, front man of ELISIUM, a national touring indie band.  In the interview, which you can watch below, Nate talks about his…

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Music, Desire, and the Trap

At my beginning, there was music and desire. That was enough. All I thought about was guitars, bands, writing songs, and performing. Then, other factors crept in, corrupting me and my pure little world. The feelings of self doubt that plague most performers started and stayed with me. My biggest fear was not being good…

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