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One Year Later: A Story Of Inspiration, Hope And You… August 29, 2006

One year ago today, the Southern United States and Gulf coast faced one of the worst catastrophic events in this nations history, Hurricane Katrina. We’re all aware of the unbelievable devastation and heartache caused to the gulf coast region, particularly the horrific flooding and aftermath in New Orleans. Well today (how ironic), I heard from an old friend of mine Bob “Phatboy” Carter, who is about to embark on an amazing journey to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims, in particular the musicians of the greater New Orleans area. The catch is that Bob and his four year old dog Brandy will begin a 3 month long, 3,500-mile winding journey across the country on a bicycle (a Recumbent Trike to be exact), dubbed the “Pedal with a Purpose Tour”. This odyssey will have Carter pedaling through eleven states of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California. Bob “Phatboy” Carter and Brandy are on a mission, a cause greater than themselves and they need our support and prayers.

phatboy Bob Carter Bob Carter and Brandy

 

“Give Five, Keep the Music Alive Challenge”

Join PhatBoy by giving a Five ($5) dollar donation or any donation amount ending with the number
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In addition, please share this inspirational story with Five of your friends.

Check www.PhatBoyRiding.com for Bob and Brandy’s Daily Blog and photos as they document their journey across country.

Thank you for your consideration, together we can make a difference.

Until next post…peace

JPM

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Indie Artist/Producer Handbook August 22, 2006

Today Blue Canoe Digital is releasing an ebook (downloadable electronic book) that I had the pleasure of co-authoring with famed Curtis Mayfield alumni and platinum producer, Buzz Amato.

Indie Artist Producer Handbook

It was a pleasure and an honor to work and compile my musical experiences for the Indie Artist/Producer Handbook. This ebook is designed for all artists, bands, composers, arrangers, engineers and producers regardless of skill or current level of success. The focus of this book is about taking control of one’s destiny, sharing your gifts and helping to achieve an overall balance between art and business.
              

Check out the Chapter Index.

 

Preview from book: (page 9)
When I was first approached about contributing to this book, I had reservations about being a part of this collaboration. While I admired and respected my fellow coauthor and while I was extremely honored to be considered for this book, I thought, “What am I going to write about?” “What do I have to offer in terms of information about surviving in the twenty-first century digital revolution?”

I started reflecting on my experiences and my growth both as a player and person and I realized that maybe I could offer a few opinions and advice to those trying to keep up with surviving in the twenty first century. I realized that from the time when I started working on my first independent CD ten years ago, that the music business has dramatically changed with the dawn of the digital age and the world wide web.  In order to keep up with the ever evolving entertainment industry, I’ve had to reevaluate my mission and game plan many times in the last decade. I concluded that yes, maybe I could offer a few words of encouragement to those that want to share their music with a global audience but feel overwhelmed at where to begin.

In this twenty first century, artists/musicians/performers have to wear so many hats in order to survive, especially if you haven’t had a “hit” recording or don’t have a record deal. If you are an independent artist, It isn’t just about making music anymore, it’s also about learning how to share your sounds in this new global marketplace. The world wide web has made anything you dare to dream possible and even a reality. It is possible for an independent artist such as yourself to reach out and share your music with a global network of fans and industry at the click of your fingertips. From the planning stages of evaluating who you are and where you are going, to promoting your music, to hiring a team of professionals, to creating a synergy of your music and gifts. In my portion of this book, I will be offering advice based on my experiences with what works and what doesn’t work, things to consider and an overall balance between art and business.

Download your copy!

Thank you for your continued support:)

Until next post…peace

JPM

 

 
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