announcements

The new future

It's official: I am going back to being a full-time breadwinner; so my focus has to be back on making money, and although I plan on continuing the music blog, I will have to be splitting my time now between blogging and other things that are more lucrative financially. I'd love to just write about music for a living, but right now it's only pulling in about 20% of the money I need every month to keep this family afloat. I will be rolling out other avenues for monetization, and plan to build out a web application to both use as a showcase for new tech clients and as web service for promotional purposes. I have long wanted to build a Twitter bot, and pull in all this awesome CHILLFILTR metric data to create some Business Intelligence. Fun.

I hope y'all had a great summer! If you know anyone that needs contract or full-time work for Ruby, SQL, or any kind of cloud BI, hit me up on LinkedIn. We are open to relocating anywhere around San Francisco.

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We Are In the Top Million

I want to set the record straight. I had a very vague idea about finding something to write about leading up my engineering contract expiring with Topps in January 2018. On the 6th day, there was domain registration.

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In 3 months, we cracked the top million list of websites for US traffic.

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It's a thing.

My first acceptance

So if you have been following me at all recently, my new music blog is taking all of my spare time right now. It's a labor of love, and things are just perfect right now. For the first time in my life I feel like I am making a very real, if small for now, difference in the lives of other musicians. And that makes me feel good. It's really nice to think that I might help someone connect with a song they wouldn't have heard otherwise, and help an artist connect with a fan they might not have found in some other way.

I started out just wanting to do playlists on Spotify, but I quickly realized that I really like writing about the songs I get. it occurred to me yesterday that as a poet, a decidedly non-academic one at that, it makes a lot of sense that I enjoy writing song reviews. The way I write them, it feels a bit like poetry, because music description is fraught with opportunity for metaphor. It just feels natural for me.

So I would like to announce that after 28 days of being a blogger for SubmitHub, I have been accepted into their "Really Good Bloggers" program (#RGB), which just means I get a star next to my name, I get to feel cool about it, and I make slightly more money.

Perhaps the first recognition I have ever had as a writer. They just put lil star next to your name.

And I get to do things like this: write a review that gets top listing, and help my artist climb the chart a bit. It's not much, but it's something.

 Top 3 listing of 8 blogs.

Top 3 listing of 8 blogs.

 If you are on the charts when your piece posts, I will vote for you.

If you are on the charts when your piece posts, I will vote for you.

And the best part is the thanks I get for the blogs I do. I feel more appreciated right now than I ever thought possible.

Thank you.

more Spotify love please

Hello friends! I have been spending a lot of time working on Spotify playlists, and I would appreciate some help. If you are on Spotify, please take a look at my user account (link here).

Apparently, the biggest thing you can do to support a Spotify 'playlister' is to copy a song from a playlist you support to your personal library. I have two playlists that are based around artist discovery from 2010-present in the Los Angeles scene; primarily artists that were part of the Hotel Cafe / Room 5 circuit. 

 click the graphic to visit this Spotify playlist.

click the graphic to visit this Spotify playlist.

If you see anything that looks good to you please just sign in to Spotify and copy it to your library. Takes 10 seconds.

some good news lately

It's a messy business promoting music, but sometimes things start lining up a bit in your favor. This last week has brought me a lot of good news.

but that's not all. American Tracks Music Awards does seem to offer some good opportunities for exposure, but we also have 2 nominations in the older and more legit International Songwriting Competition (ISC).

And there are quite a few more submissions moving through the process with other organizations. Different songs seem to resonate with different folks, which is fine by me. So far:

  1. American Tracks Music Awards - December 2017 - Best Independent Artist (selection: Go My Way)
  2. American Tracks Music Awards - December 2017 - Best American Song (selection: Someday)
  3. International Songwriting Competition - 2017 Unpublished (selection: Follow the Light)
  4. International Songwriting Competition - 2017 Unsigned (selection: Seeing Stars)

This should turn out to be a great year for the music in and of my life. Thank you.