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Songwriters Salon in Sedona – 1/22/09

Songwriters Salon in Sedona (Arizona) — And it’s FREE!

Our good friend, and a terrific supporter of musicians and songwriters for many years, *Anita Rosenfield, has graciously invited John Braheny (author of the best-selling “The Craft and Business of Songwriting” book), to speak and critique songs (chosen at random) at her home in Sedona, Arizona, on Thursday afternoon, January 22, 2009, from 4:00-7:00pm. It’s free, very casual … and we hope to see you there!

To RSVP, and for address and directions, leave a message at  (818) 528-5152 — or email:  arosenfield@esedona.net.

Bring a CD and lyric sheets, but know that opportunities to have a song critiqued will be limited by time.
Private consultations ($125 hr.) will be available. To schedule: email: john@johnbraheny.com.

*Personal note:

John knew Anita (“Teeta”) from his folk-singing days, back in Minneapolis, (the University district was called Dinkytown). She managed/booked the folk club where John — and others performed — including Jeff Espina and Koerner, Ray & Glover and Judy Larson … and anybody else who was on the scene, including Bob Dylan, circa early ’60s. Below is a photo of us reuniting with Teeta … in the 1980’s, on Venice Beach, California.

John’s t-shirt:  Yerzfurra Song (Yours for a Song)!

JoAnn, John & Jeff Espina, Anita Rosenfield

JoAnn, John & Jeff Espina, Anita Rosenfield


Independent Music Conference – Hollywood 2008

October 10-11 (Friday/Saturday) 2008 … The Independent Music Conference was held at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California. Not a bad turnout (about 200 people) for an event that is traditionally held in Philadephia. Maybe next year, we’ll have a bit more time to promote it!

Participating were: Guest speaker/panelist, (left) John Braheny, co-organizer & artist promoter Toni Koch with Heather Ninness, artist manager, and music publisher/panelist, Rob Case.


Arizona Songwriters Event Participants

As many of you know, John Braheny and I participate in the annual Arizona Songwriters Gathering each January … and always have a wonderful time there. (It’s in the Phoenix area.)

I took this photo at the event,
January 19, 2008.

Left to right:
James Marovich, (music business attorney, who answered legal questions in his workshop), John Braheny, (songwriters’ consultant and author of The Craft and Business of Songwriting, who gave a workshop on song craft), Jon Iger, brilliant president of the Arizona Songwriters Association, which has been thriving for 30 years!) and hit songwriter, Ray Herndon, who performed some of his excellent songs in concert at the event. Fun!


Smithsonian Exhibit about Guitars

And … to think how upset we all were when Bob Dylan “went electric …”

Here’s an interesting site for you about an exhibit of guitars at the Smithsonian …

“This exhibit features instruments that illustrate how innovative makers and players combined the guitar with a pickup (sensor) and amplifier to create a new instrument and a new sound that profoundly changed popular music–blues, country, rhythm and blues, jazz, and rock and roll — in the 20th century.” — from the website.


[Photo of John Braheny’s guitar, bought used, c. 1962]



David Byrne article – Online Distribution

David Byrne writes about the opportunities for artists in the new digital environment …

[Here is one of the best explanations (with charts & graphs) for those of you who want to know more about distributing your songs, or CDs, online … including the pros and cons of being with a major label, an indie label, or just doing it yourself.

This ran in Wired magazine Dec. 12. 2007, but I just got around to posting it for you. Also, you’ll want to check out the several audio clips of interviews David did with others in the music business on this topic.]

Title of article:

David Byrne’s Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists — and Megastars

“Some see this picture (graph) as a dire trend. The fact that Radiohead debuted its latest album online and Madonna defected from Warner Bros. to Live Nation, a concert promoter, is held to signal the end of the music business as we know it.

Actually, these are just two examples of how musicians are increasingly able to work outside of the traditional label relationship. There is no one single way of doing business these days. There are, in fact, six viable models by my count. That variety is good for artists; it gives them more ways to get paid and make a living.

And it’s good for audiences, too, who will have more, and more interesting, music to listen to.

Let’s step back and get some perspective …”

For the rest of the story, click here:



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