Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

your theme song

October 7, 2014

Last week I happened on to an interesting niche of songwriting. I saw a fb post wherein a casual friend mentioned she needs a theme song for her life. This was part of a longer post, but something in me clicked when I read the bit about a theme song.

I immediately offered to write her theme song, if she was serious. I know her well enough to guess what she was after: something uplifting, empowering, maybe like a rock anthem or a mantra set to music (a chant?), but with a good beat that makes you want to move. It turns out I was pretty close. She was into it. I didn’t charge anything, I just wanted to see if I could do it.

Somehow it all just flowed easily and a week later I had a complete song, based on my knowledge of my friend, my intuition and some ideas she gave me.

I was surprised how fast it came together and was very happy with it musically and lyrically. And, fortunately, my friend loves it! That’s a win/win. Because I don’t refer to her by name in the song, I have been able to use it, singing it a live shows and it’s going over well. I always tell the story, giving her credit for the idea and for providing me with some pithy lyrics (which became the heart of the chorus).

The last time I sang it, someone came up afterward and asked if I would write her theme song. She said I should market this and she called it branding.

Have you ever heard of anyone doing this? Let me know if you’ve done it or know someone who does.

The only similar thing I’ve ever done is a song I co-wrote one time, years ago. A reader of this blog contacted me. He had written a poem for his fiance that he read during their wedding ceremony and he hired me to put it to music for their 10th anniversary. That long distance collaboration worked out well, too.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress and after I get permission, I’ll post some of the music.

Is Rolling Stone Dead?

August 25, 2011

From Hypebot. Is Rolling Stone magazine dead? A very unscientific study determined that, among other things, music journalism is all but dead. Why listen to a music critic when you can hear the music for yourself on Spotify or see the band on YouTube?

The author counted ‘likes’ to the Sheepdogs’ Facebook page, following a cover story on them in the Rolling Stone and concluded that getting on the cover of the magazine is not as huge as it once was and by extension, music journalism is relevant. He further states that middlemen in the music industry have been replaced by a ‘middle machine.’

Finally, he makes a statement about major labels manufacturing acts.

The Sheepdog issue of Rolling Stone stands testament to the fact that the days of manufacturing Rock stars are numbered. The Major labels try and get a piece of whatever emerges in the new industry, however, unless they realize that manufacturing artists is what is killing the value of music, they will never recover from the pit they have created for themselves.

Is MySpace still around?

November 17, 2010

Hey MySpace, what’s up?

As most musicians know, Facebook has far outpaced MySpace. While MySpace has 130 million users, Facebook has over 500 million.

Erin McKeown notified me (via Facebook) about this NPR story on what’s new with MySpace. They’re reinventing themselves, refocusing on the category of social entertainment. According to NPR, that’s no big deal.

“MySpace’s new strategy and design are largely being greeted with a yawn.”

According to Nancy Baym, a communications professor who is studying social networks, no one is getting particularly excited about MySpace. Music, TV and film sites are springing up all the time. Some examples for musicians include Bandcamp, Bandzoogle, Nimbit, Topspin, ReverbNation, Soundcloud, Noisetrade and Fanbridge, among others. So there’s plenty of competition.

For musicians, the bigger question is, which one do I use? Erin McKeown says “There are so many different places for people to go and get information about tour dates and listen to your music and find out more about you, I feel like I need to have a hand in all of them. MySpace for me, happens to be at the bottom of that list.”

Listen to or read the entire NPR story here.

Spending too much time entering data online

August 28, 2009

Derek Sivers latest blog post is like a dream come true. Well, it hasn’t come to fruition yet, but he lays out a plan for a more efficient, effective paradigm for musicians’ online presence. Let’s hope his old company, Host Baby, follows through with his plan.

His main contention is that indie musicians should not have to enter the same data over and over again into multiple web sites (their own site, MySpace, Facebook, etc). For one thing, it’s way too time intensive. I’m talking about uploading photos and mp3 files, entering upcoming venues and dates, etc.

Instead, he asserts that we should enter the data once in our own .com homepage website. Ultimately we have no control over MySpace and the others; including whether or not they even stay in business.

The exciting part of his vision is that the company that hosts your band’s web site should take care of copying all your updates from your web site to the various other online places you want to be (MySpace, Facebook, iTunes, etc.) The next step would be to make it so that any site (with your permission) can automatically pull the information.

Read more here.

Facebook for songwriters

April 29, 2009

Whether you are a musician, songwriter or member of a band, you can use Facebook’s Public Profiles for publicity, promotion, sales and communicating with fans.

I’m talking about the feature formerly call Pages. It’s not your personal user profile on Facebook. If you want to use Facebook as a promotion tool, you need a Public Profile. I’ve been scouring the web for good information on the relatively new Pubic Profile feature and I finally found something that I can share with you.

Some of the tools available to musicians: discography, music player, blog, discussion boards, photos, video, Flash player, events.

One benefit is that anyone, including people who don’t have a Facebook profile, can see your Facebook Public Profile.

Use this to get started: Facebook Public Profiles for music and bands