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A Simple Steady Beat (Recording Day 2)

Posted on November 24, 2015
This past Friday I was back in the recording studio. As those of you who read my post on my first studio day remember, we initially had recorded guitar for a bunch of tracks, and then experimented at the end with recording live – guitar and vocal together. Even though that was by necessity rough, we liked the way it turned out, and so decided to try recording for real that way.
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NERFA Mentoring: Artist Bios

Posted on November 14, 2015
My second mentoring session at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference was with Mary Lou Troy. Although she offered several different topics on which to mentor, one of them was “writing artist bios.” My music bio needs updating in a general sense, but I also had some specific issues I wanted to focus on.
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NERFA Mentoring Session: Vocal Health

Posted on November 13, 2015
I’m at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference this week, and one of opportunities is to sign up to meet with mentors. I had my first mentoring session right after I’d checked in. I’d picked Rorie Kelly as a mentor, in part because one of the things she’d mentioned was vocal care and health, and that seemed like a worthwhile topic, especially as I’m embarking on a recording process in which the quality of my vocals is on my mind.
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First Day Recording

Posted on November 12, 2015
Those of you who have been around for awhile know that I’ve been gearing up to record my third CD for an extremely long time. I was initially ready about three and a half years ago, but discovered that my previous producer/engineer had stopped producing.
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This Year's Song Critique

Posted on August 15, 2015
I though none of us would admit it, I suspect in some ways all of us who do that are silently hoping that our songwriting heroes will hear our songs and be instantly impressed with our brilliance. I’d like to think that I’m past that fantasy, but I saw it happen today for someone else. And it most certainly did not happen for me.
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