Monthly Archives: June 2017

as it never happened

I had an idea for a CBC program and pitched it.
My idea was to comb through their 70 year audio archives and create conversations between people who are dead with people who are alive – as if they are in the same room. This would be easy for 3 or 4 of us nutty audio people cutting and pasting.
Title of show- As It Never Happened
When I explained it to ordinary people they laughed, got excited. When I tried to pitch it (on 3 occasions) to folks in charge of new projects they looked at me as though I hadn’t said anything.
This was before the show “rewind” emerged on CBC which spoke a bit to what interested me, exploring the archives, but I was more interested in unexpected juxtapositions. It might have even facilitated an interactive experience, online contests for people to make their own mashups. If nothing else rediscover their own history as recorded by CBC.
I still believe in it.

What The Students Hear

There’s a million people trying to fit through a small opening, that’s how it is. If you still want to try and fit through that small opening be my guest, I don’t think you shouldn’t try, but beware the odds.

Forget about making cds or records, for now it’s over. People get it online. If you must just do 50 at a time.

The nature of networking isn’t to send cold call messages on Linkedin or Facebook but to actually work with people. You will be surprised where they end up in 5 years or 10 years and knowing them earlier might later pay unexpected dividends.

Say yes to every request of your musicianship if you can find a way to afford the trouble of doing it. (unless it’s Ken Finkleman)

Make videos for as many songs as possible. Youtube is the radio.

Every city has a college/ community radio station you can liaise with to promote your show. Don’t worry about playing the entire country unless other people are putting up the money.  Focus on playing Southern Ontario (and Montreal)  if you are staying in Canada. Keep your job and try to play in all those cities on weekends.