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Practical Handbook for the Working Musician -- Part 1: When In Rome... Don't Roam
January 16, 2022

by Mike Mindel. This article was originally published on HVmusic around the year 2000.

Once again I'm reminded of a simple, basic concept that seems to elude many an otherwise fine player. Playing appropiately. That is, approaching a particular gig or rehersal with the appropiate set of tools. Although all musicial situations have some of the same fundementals, such as showing up on time and being prepared, different musicial settings demand different approaches in both the actual music as well as your personal presentation. Choosing the appropiate notes, chord voicings, volume, sounds, how busy you are (your fills), your clothes, your demeanor with the other musicians, your stage presence, and your gear are some of the many considerations that must be addressed in order for you to be most effective in a particular musicial setting. And to get called back to do it again! For some, it is a matter of lack of musical maturity, and for others it is boredom overriding their better musical sensibilities. (Which I suppose is also a lack of musicial maturity in itself.) Unlike good chops, which for most of us is a matter of putting in the time to get them, musical maturity can be gotten through time and experience, or through paying attention and heeding the ways of those who are doing it right and regularly getting work. Like good chops, musical maturity will perpetually elude some people. That means more work for you and me!

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I Need Your Input -- New Feature Survey
July 7, 2020

Dear Hudson Valley Musicians,

With CDs seemingly a thing of the past now, I want to find a better way for you to feature your music on this site that is not necessarily tied to a CD.

I am looking for your ideas on how I can change these features to better serve both musicians and the music-loving public.You can comment below or contact me via email.

 

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600 Artists Pen Open Letter to Congress to Save Americas Independent Music Venues
June 22, 2020

WASHINGTON D.C. (CelebrityAcess) — As independent music venues across the country face grave economic peril amid the coronavirus pandemic, more than 600 artists have banded together to support the National Independent Venue Alliance’s calls for financial support from the federal government.

A roster of artists that includes Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Mavis Staples, Lady Gaga, André 3000, Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Billie Ellish, Gary Clark Jr, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Miranda Lambert, Billy Joel, Earth Wind & Fire, Kacey Musgraves, Leon Bridges, Wyclef Jean, and Bon Iver, along with beloved comedians such as Jay Leno, Tiffany Haddish, Jeff Foxworthy, Jerry Seinfeld, and Tig Notaro, all signed an open letter to Congress asking legislators to provide urgent financial support for independent venues during this moment of crisis.

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CD Baby is no more
May 10, 2020

Many of my clients have discovered that in the last two months CDbaby has stopped selling CDs and digital downloads. I see that many CD listings here on HVmusic are still referencing links to CDbaby, and none of those links work now. I was very surprised to learn from my clients that they had heard nothing from CDbaby about this change.

So, If you have a CD listing here at HVmusic, and are using a sales link to CDbaby.com in your listing... You should remove that link and find another online outlet to sell your CDs.

Amazon is still selling CDs as well as digital downloads, so you can contact them. iTunes is only selling digital downloads. CDbaby has changed their business to be focused only on helping you sell your music through other digital platforms. So you can still contact CDbaby and ask them to get you set up on these other platforms.

Does the community here have suggestions for replacing CDbaby?

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Have you been hacked? Hardly.
May 9, 2020

UPDATE May 10 -- Since I first published this in October of 2018, these scam emails have been coming around again. They are still a scam -- nobody has hacked your computer or has sensitive information on you. But what they do have is your email address and a password that may or may not be valid for some web sites. If you have received one of these emails then you should change your password at any sites that use the password they put in their email.

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The 1980s, a New Documentary on Hudson Valley Music
February 29, 2020

"The 1980's" the rise and fall of live music in the Hudson Valley. By Michael Raab.

Featuring rare video by Pressure Point, Big Edsel, The Hellcats, Northern Star, The Past-Tells, Will Hoppey, Take Five, Jason "Malletman" Taylor, Sundance, Lenny Frank, Bill Perry, Rosetta Stone, Rich Wilson, Drezdon Blacque, The Go, Big Feachers, Crazy Joe Renda, Sabre and the "Christmas In Poughkeepsie" video.

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