Monthly Archives: March 2011

Of Course You Can…And Don’t Let Anyone Tell You Different!

I really don’t like people telling me I can’t do things.  I really, really don’t like people representing themselves as experts (or worse, they freely admit they know nothing about what I do) and telling me a bunch of stuff that isn’t true.  It’s like the time I told my hair stylist that I wanted to try a pixie cut.  He said,No, you’ll look like a boy.”  Say what?  Um…no, I believe I’ll look like a girl with very short hair.  And I did…look like a girl with very short hair…and a new stylist.  I didn’t give up, I found someone who would work with my hair the way I wanted.  My new stylist explained that my hair was a little too thick to go as short as a pixie, but we got pretty close to it.  My point is people say things all the time, and many of them don’t know what they’re talking about, especially when it comes to your personal and/or professional hopes and dreams.  You need to be able to realistically weed out the good advice from the bad and be confident in the things you want to achieve.  I grabbed some of my favorite quotes to share with you and I hope that they’ll help you keep moving forward on your quest for success.

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. -John Lennon

Yep, things don’t always go according to plan.  That’s ok, don’t freak out.  It’s not the end of the world.  Just be aware that things can get screwed up and plan accordingly.  You might not be able to get that band up and running as easily as you wanted to, but you aren’t going to just give up because things aren’t perfect, are you?  HECK, NO!

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas Edison

People work for years to become “overnight sensations”, so just because you aren’t immediately arriving at your destination doesn’t mean you won’t get there.  It just might take a little longer than expected…but that’s life, right?  Edison would know all about that.  He failed to invent the incandescent light bulb about 300 or so times before he finally succeeded.  The trick is to believe in yourself and keep trying.

Spit Happens -unknown, saw it on a bib once

Yes…yes it does…in large quantities.  Spit happens, people say things and people give bad advice.  My advice…don’t give up… just because someone gives you advice doesn’t mean you have to take it (even if they’re an “expert”)…if you don’t know how to do something, find out how…above all, make your own well-informed decisions about whatever you’re doing…and finally, have fun and make sure you really love what you’re doing.  That’s just about all I have to say about it.

Google Apps- What’s It Good For?

I know what you’re thinking, “What the heck is Google Apps?”  That’s ok, it’s exactly what I thought when web design guy, Christian Kuffner,  told me about it.  He even explained it to me, but I don’t think I really got the concept until recently.  Well, I get it now and I’ll explain it to you.  You never know, it might be something you can use.

Once again, this is a freebie (I love me a good freebie), but they have a couple of different paid options that are more for larger businesses, nonprofits, schools…etc.  In short, it’s an online business application that lets you share and create documents, collaborate online with others in your organization, set up a business email (if you own a domain name) and get all of this without having to hire someone to create a special program or purchase any specialized software.  The application is entirely web based, so you can access it from anywhere.  Gee, you could collaborate with people on the other side of the world.  I wonder what kind of music you could make that way?

The free version is just called Google Apps and it gives you an online hub/homepage where each user can log in, see notes and announcements, work on ongoing projects, check email…etc.  The big reason I started using it is for the email component.  If you own a domain name you can set up a professional looking email (yourname@yourdomain.com) that lets you have up to 50 users.  That means up to 50 individual email addresses so each member of your band can have their own band email.  Oh, and each email address gets the same 7 Gb storage capacity that a regular gmail account has.  Pretty cool, huh?  If the Beatles had used it their emails might have been John@Beatles.com, Paul@Beatles.com, George@Beatles.com and Ringo@Beatles.com…get the idea?

You do have to go through a verification process to prove that you own the domain name and that’s a little confusing, so you might need a little help with that (I did, and I’m not ashamed to say so).  Once that’s done, however, it’s as easy to use as yahoo or hotmail.  The best part is that it works like it’s supposed to.  A musician I know paid someone to set up a professional email for her domain, but there was a HUGE glitch.  She didn’t just get emails addressed to hername@herdomain.com, she got emails for addresses that didn’t actually exist.  Basically, pick a word…add it to the front of @herdomain.com…send an email to it…and it would go to her.  Yeah, my advice…don’t pay for stuff that doesn’t work when there are freebies out there that do work…very well.

Distribute Your Music Online…Something New!

Well, it’s new to me anyway.  This is not the post I had planned, but when I popped across this little gem yesterday…I just had to tell y’all about it.  You know I love Grooveshark because they work directly with independent musicians.  What I didn’t know is that they have a bunch of partners (including Bandcamp, which I also love) for selling and distributing your music online as well.

The newest thing I have discovered is a service called Route Note.  In short, it works like CD Baby, but digital only…no hardcopies…and IT’S FREE.  You can make an account with them and for a precentage of sales, they will distribute your music to places like iTunes and Amazon mp3.  Unless you opt for their premium service, which charges a subscription fee, you don’t have to put out any money at all.  I haven’t had time to sign myself up yet, but I will and report back to y’all about it.  You must have a PayPal account but setting that up isn’t a big deal, and if you’ve already got one then you’re set.

I’m always very excited to find a good freebie…for me and you.  These guys are based in the U.K….leave it to the English to come up with something so practical.  Anyway, check it out and see if it’s something you could use.