Category Archives: music

That bedspread covered in musical notes is perfect for your musician girlfriend! Well … no.

  It’s the season when the buying frenzy can make idiots of some of us. Here is a list of gifts NOT to give to the musician in your life. I’ve thoughtfully included gifts you DO want to get. You’re … Continue reading

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House concerts rock. And folk.

Musicians, dump that noisy bar crowd and get a sober audience that listens and buys a lot of product. House concerts are the way to go. I’ve done them for thirty years – before it was fashionable, yes, I’m that … Continue reading

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The Song is More Important Than You: An Homage to Early Influences and Mentors, by Ruth Barrett

Ruth Barrett is an award-winning dulcimer player, singer, and songwriter. I am so pleased and honored to present her guest post. More about her music here.  

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Musicians, what to do with those unsold CDs?

Back in the day when CDs were flying off the merch table at concerts, you thought you’d sell all those discs now gathering dust in your basement. Welcome to the modern age where even your grandpa is downloading music. Plastic … Continue reading

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Every movement needs music; you can write it

I’ve taught songwriting for years and when a group asked me to teach writing protest songs and sing alongs, I was on it.  In case you weren’t one of the people at that workshop, here are tips for writing your … Continue reading

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Our Amazon: Maxine Feldman

Before Stonewall, on May 13, 1969, folksinger and trail blazer Maxine Feldman wrote “Angry Atthis,” a song about not being able to openly love her female partner. Songs like that didn’t exist before then. Maxine went on to perform and … Continue reading

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Five essential guitar strums

The question I get asked most by guitar students is “How do I know what strum to choose?” I could tell you I’m freakin’ brilliant and charge you $100 for a lesson. Or I could simply tell you that most … Continue reading

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