Monthly Archives: January 2011

But, I’m Broke And I Don’t Have Insurance

It doesn’t mean you can’t get medical help when you need it.  There are options for the working poor and working musicians (who sometimes tend to be poor) in the GNO area and around the rest of the country.

In New Orleans

If you live in the NOLA area and you’re a working musician you can go to the New Orleans Musician’s Clinic (NOMC) Located at: 2820 Napoleon Avenue, Suite 890, New Orleans, LA 70115,  Phone: (504) 412-1366. The NOMC has specific requirements that patients must meet in order to receive services and there are many musicians who might not qualify.  Never Fear, there are still options for you.

If you aren’t a musician or you are and don’t quite meet NOMC criteria you can try the Daughters of Charity Health Center. Three locations: Uptown Health Center, 3201 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118 (504) 207-3060 Metairie Health Center,  111 N Causeway Blvd,  Metairie, LA 70001 (504) 482-0084 and Bywater Health Center, 1030 Lesseps St,  New Orleans, LA 70117 (504) 941-6041

You can also try one more place that I just found out about: The St. Thomas Community Health Center at 1020 Saint Andrew Street New Orleans, LA  70130 (504)529-5558.  They provide preventive care, pediatrics, eye care and selected specialty care.

Don’t Live In New Orleans?

Not everyone lives in New Orleans, though I’m sure many people wish they did (except during hurricane season, maybe).  So, for those of you in other parts of the country, try out a Walgreens Take Care Clinic.  They provide a low cost option for walk-in, non-emergency care, checkups and immunizations.  You have to check their website to find the Clinic nearest you (not every store has one).

If all else fails, you can check the department of Health and Human Services Find a Health Center site.  Use their search feature to find a low-cost health center near you.  The most important thing is that you get medical care when you need it.  Of course, getting preventive care is even better…just sayin’.  Take care of yourself and stay healthy, ya heard?

 


Sell Your Music Online…Migraine Free…No, Really.

I feel your pain.  I don’t speak HTML…at all.  I got pretty good at copying and pasting code into it, but I don’t understand how to build a website with it.  It would probably take me quite a while to learn it, too, so the thought of having to hire someone to build something into my website so that I could sell my music online…well, eeeek!  Yes, you can sell your stuff on MySpace Music and Amazon Music and iTunes, but what if you want to give it away? Or let people pick their price?  Those guys don’t do anything like that, so you’d be stuck trying to do it directly from your band website, right?

Maybe a few years ago you would, but not anymore.  Check out Bandcamp.com for a well supported way to make your stuff available in just about any format anyone could ever want…that includes hard copies, too.  The best part, it’s free…yes, I said “free”.  It gives you more control over how to make your musical content available and what, if anything, to charge for it.  It also gives you the freedom to relax because you won’t have to deal with code or programming or anything like that.  They handle all of the confusing computer related stuff and make sure that people can listen and download without a problem.

So, check it out at Bandcamp.com.  It looks like a pretty good setup, and I’m always on the lookout for services that are free as well as good.  After all, we have to get the most bang for our buck in this economy.  Happy selling, y’all!

Just Ignore Them…The Earth Will Not Explode, I Promise.

You know who I’m talking about.  Those people who always want to tell you how your idea can go wrong, or why it won’t work, or why you just can’t do it.  I have some news for you: The vast majority of these gloom and doom predictors don’t know what the heck they’re talking about.  They are a bunch of Cliff Clavins running around playing balderdash with other people’s hopes and dreams.  I’m not really sure what the psychology behind their particular bunch of nonsense is, but I think it may have something to do with the old “misery loves company” adage.

These gloom and doomers, for some reason, want to make you think that you should never do anything…ever…because it might not work out exactly the way you want it to.  These people may have had a dream of theirs go wrong and now they live in fear.  In reality, it’s not the failure that did them in…it was their reaction to it.  Things don’t always go according to plan, in fact they rarely ever do.  You have no control over, well, most things that happen in life.  You especially have no control over what other people say and do.  You do, however, have control over how you react to events in life.  It’s not the end of the world if things don’t go right all the time, so don’t behave as if it is.

If you get the band together and the guitar player is a drama queen who makes gigs and rehearsals a nightmare for all involved…does that mean you need to scrap the whole band? No, you just get another guitar player.  Better yet, try to get a group of players who get along well in the first place.  What you don’t want to do is get a bunch of bratty players together and demand that they stop being bratty.  Yeah, that never works, and it will just make you completely miserable.

Ignore the gloom and doomers (I think they’re called Eeyores in some circles, you know, from Winnie the Pooh). Failing sucks.  Making mistakes sucks, but it’s not going to kill you or anyone else and hopefully you’ll be able to see where it went wrong and figure a better way to do it next time.  You may also realize that a particular endeavor was not really the best thing for you to do and you may come up with something completely different.  The possibility of failure or making a mistake is not a good reason to stop trying to do things, whatever they may be.  Learn from mistakes and do your best not to repeat them.  Keep moving forward and eventually you’ll get there.