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The Non-Musical Side of Things

January 2, 2013 (okay it’s really the 3rd now)

I spent most of my day making this poster:

It’s a variation on a them; it’s not my best work.  I’ve been dabbling with Photoshop and Adobe in general for the past few months.  I’m still working on my skills (clearly - the dimensions are better when not on this blog).

One thing about being a musician today is that we are no longer strictly musicians.  It’s no longer just about playing music, for better or worse.  I’m okay with that.  And I’m never sure if musicians were ever truly just musicians.  It’s just a lot more evident now.

In my time as a musician, in addition to being a songwriter and a guitarist, I have been a manager, a tour manager, a booking agent, a promoter, a publicist, a designer, a techie, a roadie, a work-for-hire, a truck driver, a writer, and I’m sure there are many things I have forgotten.

I forget who said it, Derek SiversAriel HyattNew Rockstar Philosophy, or Music Think Tank, but someone said that you shouldn’t hire someone to do something unless you’ve done it yourself.  The first person Canary’s brought on board is our manager, Scott Burn.  The first non-musical job I ever took on for Canary was managing.  And Scott has been a lifesaver and a game changer.  He has made our lives (and mine in particular) so much easier.  I’ll do a post on him later which he will inevitably hate, but he is really something special.

Now is as a good a time as ever to get to my guitar.

Top Five:

Fleetwood Mac
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Aerosmith
Joni Mitchell
Elton John & Leon Russell