Monthly Archives: February 2014

Top Of The List

I got a call in the early 90s from the head of A&R at Warner Music who would later dislike me forever after I wrote a critical article about what a maroon he was (but that’s another story for another day…..but he really was a maroon). That day however he called about Johnny Mnemonic. The producers were trying to reach me and didn’t have my number, they tried my record company. He said they wanted to find out if I might be into composing for this film and by the way it paid oh, about $100,000. I got their telephone #s and responded that I definitely could fit their project into my schedule.

Apparently they required a Canadian composer to honour some legal aspects of their funding blahdidy blah blah. They said I was at the top of the list of cool composers. But before we ever met in person the director changed his mind about using a Canadian in favour of his buddy in Manhattan. I enjoyed hearing I was at the top of the cool list. I even thought I was hot shit for a little bit but since then I’ve come to imagine they called at least 30 musicians and left them a message like  “By the way you’re at the very top of our list of who’s a cool composer in Canada.”

What blew mind was realizing people in Hollywood make that kind of money for scoring a film. Later when the film came out I went to see it and I sat there the whole time thinking I could have made music SO MUCH BETTER. Music that would have made your film something to remember tomorrow. I bet there were at least 29 other people with the same thought.

What Great Luck, A Prince From Nigeria Offered Me Millions.

Hi Bob,

We wanted to remind you that the “Unsigned Only Music Competition” is now taking entries for the 2014 competition – with the deadline of March 13.

The Unsigned Only Music Competition, is a unique international music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. Unsigned Only is looking for outstanding, talented artists: a band, singer, or solo artist…a newcomer or veteran…raw or polished – the gem that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.

Judged by a roster of celebrity notables, prizes include merchandise plus $10,000 cash to the overall Grand Prize winner and $1,000 to the First Place winner in each category. Prizes will also be awarded to Second Place winners in each category. Additionally, the Grand Prize winner will receive one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper echelon music industry executives, ranging from label presidents to heads of A&R. Mentors have included professionals from labels such as Universal, Sony, Atlantic, Capitol, Vagrant, Word, Bad Boy, Big Machine, Disney Music Group, G-Unit, Razor & Tie, J Records, RCA, Grand Hustle, and many more.

Judges include: John Oates (Hall & Oates); 3 Doors Down; Neon Trees; David Crowder; Rosanne Cash; Craig Morgan; Delbert McClinton; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Of Monsters and Men;  3 Doors Down; Black Francis (Pixies); Aaron Shust; G. Love; Jason Gray; Dustin Lynch; The Mountain Goats; Alt-J; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post) , and more to be announced.

Genres of music accepted are: AAA (Adult Album Alternative; AC (Adult Contemporary); Americana; Christian; Country; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Pop/Top 40; Teen; and Vocal Performance. Unsigned Only accepts original and cover songs in all categories.

We hope that you will enter, and we look forward to hearing your music. Again, the deadline to enter is March 13.

For more information and to enter, go to


Jim Morgan
International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
Unsigned Only
1307 Eastland Ave
Nashville  TN  37206
PH: 615-251-4441
Fax: 615-251-4442

Why Did You Quit Blue Rodeo?













Never can shake that shit. Thank god they never made it elsewhere so when I cross the border I lose the extra surname. Occasionally their fans spring the question, discreetly, the way someone invites you to join a pyramid scheme, “can I ask you a question?”.

I can count three steamboats and then they finish, “Why did you quit Blue Rodeo?”

I wasn’t into it. It wasn’t fun anymore. I felt embarrassed posing for pictures as if we were a bunch of pals when we weren’t. Didn’t start like that but it ended up like that, it was depressing.

I understand your curiosity most everybody evaluates life in terms of money. Why leave easy money. I get where you’re coming from, you want me to know you wouldn’t have quit like I did. Thank you very much, how interesting to know that about you. Eventually it feels like Dwayne is explaining his fantasies to me, “Excuse me Dwayne, I’m due back on Earth.”