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Fun Fact # 3

Cover Songs

If you’ve ever been in a cover band, you know how much fun it can be to play songs by your favorite bands.  Heck, that might have been how you learned to play your instrument in the first place.  If you’re making a CD that has one or more cover songs on it there are a couple things you need to remember:

1.  Make sure you clear the rights to those cover songs BEFORE you make and/or distribute any copies of the CD.  Actually, most CD manufacturers will require you to provide proof that you have obtained the proper mechanical license(s).  The easiest way to do this is through Limelight.  Do it! Don’t get caught with your pants down.

2.  If you’re going to record a cover, don’t just copy someone else’s version verbatim.  Make the song your own…make a new arrangement…do something different.  This is especially important if you want to place your music in film/TV.  Music supervisors and directors really like using new interpretations of popular songs.   So, remember, don’t be a copy cat when you make your CD.  If people want to hear Led Zeppelin’s version of anything… they’ll buy Zeppelin…not you.

Good luck and have fun making music!

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Jim O’ And The Sporadic Fanatics

Jim O' and the Sporadic Fanatics

Who’s that, you say?

Well, there’s Jim O’Donell, Chris Owen, Mark LaMaire and Josh Wexler…together they are Jim O’ and the Sporadic Fanaticsa great band here in NOLA.  They’re fairly new…that is, they’ve been around for about three or four years, playing gigs and making original music.  I can best describe it as demented 50’s surfer music and it’s SO much fun…

…and they need your help.

They started a campaign on Kickstarter to help get their first full-length CD made…there’s 16 days left and I want y’all to spread the word and, if you can, contribute.  They have some pretty cool perks and like I said, the music is fantastic and fun.

Check out the music on their My Space page, then check out their Kickstarter page…then share it with all your friends and neighbors!  Let’s get this puppy funded!

In the spirit of full disclosure…Jim is a friend of mine (but I really DO love the music) and he DID NOT ask me to write this post…but he did seem very happy when I made the suggestion.  Just spreading the love, you dig?

Cool Things To Give To Your Fans…What’s Your Idea?

One of my recent posts talked about fundraising, your fans and the fact that you can offer cool things to them in exchange for monetary donations.  That’s pretty much where it stopped…so, I’m picking up here with a list of swag and experiences that you can offer to your fans.  Read the rest of this entry