No Music, No Life

The title of my post was an ad campaign by a music company that I have forgotten (was it Tower Records?)  However, Jiro (from GLAY) was in the commercials.

So, music.

I have some interesting leads at the moment that I am going to follow.


I am currently trying to get my stuff situated on Pandora, Amazon and CDBaby, although not necessarily in that order.

It is a hassle getting music onto Pandora, there is some kind of strange process where you have to have your CD on (which it is), but it won’t let me link it, and also there is no “official” album art on Amazon (possibly due to some type of problem when it was imported from CDBaby.  If, indeed, it was imported from CDBaby.

I have seen some big time album cover mistakes via Pandora that made me want to insure this would not be a problem.

Since CDBaby has been revamped… I have been waiting for the features to become accessible.  I think it is finally happening.  I’ve been waiting.

I’ve been thinking of videos lately.  Making music videos for YouTube.  I love the way BNL’s Ed Robertson has created “The Bathroom Sessions”.  If you are a BNL fan and you haven’t seen it, you MUST.  It is pure awesomeness.  Bathrooms are good because they tend to have good acoustics.  I am thinking of recording my next song, “1000 cranes”, in the bathroom, or laundry room.  Perhaps that is a little TMI.  But actually, the shower has the best acoustics – why do you think so many people feel compelled to sing there?

1000 Cranes is also the name of my next album.  “When will I record it?” is the question that an imaginary music reporter would ask me.  “I will record it when I am not working 60+ hours a week,” I would answer.

Also, I need to buy a new microphone cord.

So although I haven’t been doing nearly as much as I would like in terms of music (and art), I am thinking about it pretty much all the time.  Every day.  And that is part of the process in itself.  It is like making tea… maybe the leaves are steeping for too long, but I like a strong, bitter tea with no sugar.


Steven Page left BNL

“afraid of change… afraid of staying the same

when temptation calls, we just look away.”

This rather shocked me today.

I was kind of a late BNL fan – I didn’t start really getting into their music until 1995 or 1996.  (If you consider that they have been a band since the late 1980’s then this is kind of late.)

Anyway, some people may think of their music as the kitschy “If I had $1,000,000” or “Another Postcard” or “One Week”, but true fans likely think of the band through songs that carry more depth and darkness like “What a Good Boy” or “When I Fall” or “I’ll Be That Girl”.

I went to their NYE show in 1997, I met them on the day Stunt came out by standing in a very long line in Farmington Hills for the whole day, I got tickets when they were headliners at the HORDE festival and saw them two days in a row (sneaking down to better seats the second day by “recycling” my ticket from the first day).

But eventually they got to a height of popularity where it was difficult to acquire even decent seats to their shows so I gave up on going to their concerts. The last one I went to was after “Everything to Everyone” came out, when Shelly got tickets for us.  It was at the State Theater in Detroit.

The new stuff Steven Page is working on sounds great, and I do have his solo album, “The Vanity Project”, which I also love.  But thinking of BNL without him is scary.  Ed is a great singer and songwriter, but a large part of the charm of BNL was due to the live interaction between Ed and Steve onstage.  There is also the fact that as vocalists they sounded amazing together.

“we got these chains… hanging ’round our necks

people wanna strangle us with them before we take our first breath.”