I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and survived the Black Friday, Cyber Monday onslaught.
Here are seven music-related links I thought you might find helpful.
1) Never Say This to Your Bandmates
Sam Friedman spells out 5 Things You Should Never Say to Your Bandmates. My favorite: “Here, let me show you how to play it.” Might be a good thing to read to keep the peace this holiday season :)
2) Two Great Deals on Inspiring Audiobooks
Okay. I didn’t bombard you with any “The Sky Is Falling, Act Now” promotions in recent days. However, if you’re interested, here are some super deals to get MP3 audiobook versions of Guerrilla Music Marketing, Vol 1 and The Passion Principles for only $10 each.
3) What Sheryl Crow Taught Me About Context
I interviewed Sheryl in 1993, right as her debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club, came out. I learned a big lesson about context that I’d like to pass on to you now. Listen to the audio podcast version here or the YouTube video version here.
4) Which Is the Best Digital Distribution Company for Music?
Is it CD Baby, Tunecore, ReverbNation, DistroKid, Landr, Amuse, Ditto Music, Fresh Tunes, or something else? So many choices! Well, Ari Herstand took on the task of comparing them all — in great detail. Be a smart music entrepreneur and consumer and check this out.
5) Tommy Emmanuel: Lessons From a Guitar Virtuoso
He’s a great guitarist with a fantastic attitude about his job as a musician and his relationship with fans. “People ask, ‘Are you in the music business?’ I call it the happiness business. I play music and you get happy. That’s what matters to me.”
6) Five Things I Wish Someone Had Told the Younger Me
Liam Duncan may not be a music veteran, but he has some wise words for anyone pursuing a music career. My favorite: Overthinking Kills the Creative Spirit.
7) Tiny Habits and Your Music Career Goals
You’ve probably set a lot of goals over the years — to release a new album, book more gigs, build your following, etc. But how many of them have you actually reached?
Here’s the process I’ve used to write and publish fifteen books, release seven albums of original music, and more.
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For More Inspiration …
Here are three more resources that will power up your creative juices and help you thrive as an artist:
Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook
201 Self-Promotion Ideas for Songwriters, Musicians and Bands on a Budget
The Five-Minute Music Marketer
151 Easy Music Promotion Activities That Take 5 Minutes or Less
The 9 Irrefutable Laws of Music Marketing
How the Most Successful Acts Promote Themselves, Attract Fans, and Ensure Their Long-Term Success
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