Monthly Archives: November 2017

improvising

Like improvising in front of an audience. One musician plays something you don’t like but you can’t exactly stop, you keep going. Some instant choices, for instance restate your idea against the discord or change your stance to reflect what they are doing because at least for the moment you sound more like playing together. Like comments advancing contrary opinions, can’t help themselves and another percentage instead reflects the initial idea, still other offers something tangential, unrelated to what started the thread. The grown up version of Spot It.

did you get the joke?

Little person is into knock knock jokes. As far as she understands the point of the jokes is just to have a last line which could be anything. For instance knock knock, who’s there, dog, dog who? dog and popcorn ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha and it is really hilarious every time. Way funnier than the joke of being an opening act.

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We want you to open for (insert famous person). Sure how much does it pay? Sorry it doesn’t pay. But your tickets are $25 and this place holds 200 people. Ya but our expenses are crazy, so you want to do it or what? I’ll throw in a couple drink tickets (and dinner at half price).

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Guy in coffee shop tells me the code to their wifi is  11111111.  I said one sec I’ll write it down. He says don’t worry it’s on all the tables. People who don’t get the joke, that’s life.

who would serpico be?

>Bob I liked a letter you posted and have a question too.
>How do I get a song that is a hit to the right people? LOve
>all the posts by the way.
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I’m reminded of a young person I am producing who marveled to me how incredible it is that Sia has written so many hits. I told them that part of Sia’s success is exploiting the powerful & privilege of her current situation or to put it another way if you are on the inside – then you are on the inside. Very different rules than the outside.
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Me? Never got a song to someone I thought might like it but I’ve tried. Just warning you asking me this question is like asking me how to do a handstand, can’t prove anything, just my instincts (first use the wall).
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I think trying to approach someone who you think right for your song is a good idea even if they seem impenetrable. Most big shots when googled will turn up managers, agents, labels all of whom have mailing addresses. All of whom might not write you back but at least they supply mailing addresses. It helps to address a letter to the person you are seeking and add “care of” the secondary person, also add “personal”. If for example I was trying to send it to Beyonce I might address it to her and add “Care of Parkwood Entertainment” (3 seconds of googling reveals) and somewhere else very visibly include “personal”.
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My friend Mendelson Joe is a painter/ musician and his excitement for music he loves is uncontained. He writes people and his style stands out, there’s paint on the envelope and it probably says “personal” on big colourful letters. Bobby McFerrin called him on the telephone because he loved the letter Joe sent him care of his record company. At that time Bobby McFerrin was huge so it was a wee bit interesting that Joe gt through but then again maybe not. He also wrote Frank Serpico and Serpico wrote him back in fact I think Serpico met up with Joe in Toronto as a result. In fact Al Pacino invited Serpico to stay with him at a house that Pacino had rented in Montauk, NY. When Pacino asked why he had stepped forward, Serpico replied, “Well, Al, I don’t know. I guess I would have to say it would be because… if I didn’t, who would I be when I listened to a piece of music?”