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Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: iPhone Wrist

Shelly Peiken | Posted 10.23.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I've noticed a dull ache in the base of my right hand at the end of the day. I have iPhone wrist. It's like tennis elbow. Except it's not from tennis and it doesn't involve an elbow. I can't be the only one.

Millennials & The Music Business: Inverting the Hierarchy

Keith Clinkscales | Posted 10.16.2014 | Business
Keith Clinkscales

A rising generation native to technology has forever shifted the power in the music business. Born into a world that is on-demand, all access, and is ...

5178 Gigs: Our 40th Musical Anniversary

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

It won't be noted in any of the trade papers, but Oct. 15 marks the 40th anniversary of my first public performance with my wife and musical partner Suzanne Smithline.

Protecting Your Heart in the Music Business

Patrick Hess | Posted 10.15.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

Early on in the process of building my son's music career, I sought advice from an industry veteran who is also a faith-based family man like I try to be. I asked him what I could do as a father and manager of my son to help him most. His advice was simply three words: 'Protect his heart.'

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Shouting out to a Teacher Who Changed My Life

Shelly Peiken | Posted 10.14.2014 | Education
Shelly Peiken

He humored me and assigned me to the right (as opposed to the left) side of the bleachers with the sopranos. I strained to reach the notes.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: The Urge to Purge

Shelly Peiken | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Shelly Peiken

Since I started writing this I've filled up four big blue Costco bags with clothes I haven't worn in years, which I'll drop at Goodwill later this afternoon. And then I'll get started on the makeup drawer. I feel 10 pounds lighter just thinking about it.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Ch-Ch-Ch Changes

Shelly Peiken | Posted 09.26.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

There's been a lot of scaling down over the last decade, and it's hard to say where things are going. But one thing's for sure...I feel lucky that I got a chance to go to that party. To have a taste of that cake, dance on the tables, and drink from the champagne fountain on Grammy night.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Second Guessing the Hits

Shelly Peiken | Posted 09.19.2014 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

Sheryl's performance made me want to hear more. Such was the function of a single back then. It made you want to hear the rest of the album because chances were there would be other songs that were just as good. Maybe even better.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Say Cheese

Shelly Peiken | Posted 09.12.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

One day I took a picture of my daughter and her first love. She looked so happy in it, like the sun bursting through the clouds. I gave the photo a name. I called it, "This is how you make me feel."

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Streaming and Dreaming

Shelly Peiken | Posted 09.02.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

Oh. My. God. Oh. My. God. Omgid Omigod Omigod. I am so embarrassed. I'm a grown woman and I just got the equivalent of a time out.

5,178 Gigs: The Tracks of My Tears

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact
Glenn Paul Manion

My volunteer gigs with Musicians On Call present a unique challenge in song selection. I am escorted to a hospital room occupied by one or more patients. I need to size up the situation quickly and select the one song that might go over best.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Generation Gasps

Shelly Peiken | Posted 10.14.2014 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

These days, I catch myself pretending to know what my young colleagues are talking about when they refer to some hot new topliner (that's new school speak for lyricist) with a perplexingly random moniker such as Catnip or Carpeting.

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: Hashtag Hiatus

Shelly Peiken | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I ran into Wendy Wilson (of Wilson Phillips) at M.Fredric clothing store on Ventura Boulevard last week. I was killing some time before my mani-pedi. My daughter had just dropped me off. That was a first.

Balancing Creativity Against Business in the Music Industry

Patrick Hess | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Patrick Hess

The single biggest challenge for an artist regarding the music business is the eye-opening truth they discover as they pursue their dream. The business side of music always reveals gut-wrenching realities.

There's No Song Like The First Song

Shelly Peiken | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
Shelly Peiken

The first song you write with someone is like a first kiss. The songs (or the kisses) that follow might be better for other reasons, or you might never want to write another song with that person again. Either way there's no song like the first song. There just isn't.

Music Genre Mashups Draw New Fans Through Crossover Appeal

David Meerman Scott | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
David Meerman Scott

It seems to me that many artists don't tap the idea of crossover. They stay comfortably in their niche and play to their established fan base. But in today's world, reaching out to new audiences has never been easier.

Does Morality Exist in the Music Business?

Patrick Hess | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

From the outside, it can seem formulaic, but from the inside of the industry, behind the closed doors of the ivory towers and backrooms of clubs, there is a reality that seriously hinders my faith in believing a career can be launched without cheating.

'Begin Again' Is a Movie to Be Seen Again and Again

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.04.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

When you see as many movies each year as I do you begin to become a bit jaded. This can cause you to lose your perspective and your enthusiasm for an...

Boomer Psychology 101: F*cking Up!

Dr. Robert Lusson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Robert Lusson

Understanding the role of relapse in the management of distressful behaviors is just one more tool in our toolbox for disassembling old patterns that do not work

Songwriter's Pie Anyone?

Shelly Peiken | Posted 08.19.2014 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

I can't believe I'm actually going to say this. I many never work in this town again. But here goes. Financially, it's less and less possible for a songwriter to make a decent living. I know of a few who have contributed to hit songs that are still having trouble paying their rent.

Kiran Gandhi: MBA Student By Day, M.I.A.'s Drummer By Night

Anahita Bahri | Posted 09.18.2014 | Arts
Anahita Bahri

Just over a month ago, Sarah Inoue Virk, a Music Business major at Berklee College of Music, hosted an event called "Balancing Musicianship and Busine...

Art of Making Money: Michael Jackson's 3 Money Making Secrets

Shaahin Cheyene | Posted 07.24.2014 | Business
Shaahin Cheyene

Indisputably, Michael Jackson remains one of the top grossing and most influential pop artists of all time. The mercurial and controversial businessman made billions of dollars in his lifetime.

How to Disrupt and Dominate Any Industry

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

One key to entrepreneurship is and always has been disruption. In any market, the potential for a disruptive business is tantamount to guaranteed success.

Dealing With Relationships, Timing, and Rejection in the Music Business

Patrick Hess | Posted 06.22.2014 | Entertainment
Patrick Hess

When meandering the world of the music business for my son, relationships and timing is everything. No matter how talented an artist may be (or not be), it still revolves around relationships and whether the artist's particular flavor of music and/or image is what the market demands at the time.

5,178 Gigs: Pete Seeger as Celebrity Role Model

Glenn Paul Manion | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
Glenn Paul Manion

Here are the two points about Pete's career that are especially relevant to musicians trying to build their career in 2014.