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Why do we stay behind the glass?

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little things

I’m currently on tour with the Madison Scouts drum corps. We’re staying at a high school in Hammond, IN, which is right outside of Chicago. (When you have 200 people who need lodging every night for 7 weeks, that hotel bill adds up. A floor at a high school is really the only viable option.)…

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How I Put Impossible Stuff Into My Warm-Up Routine

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I clearly remember listening to Wynton Marsalis playing the cornet on his famous “Carnaval” album. One of the pieces is Grand Russian Fantasia. One of the sections in this piece employs 32nd notes. Even a musical novice can listen to that and be intimidated. All that to say, it goes really fast. So fast, that I…

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Dear Go Daddy. I Love You, But…

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As an online entrepreneur, I’ve bought my share of domain names. I’m not one of those types who buys thousands of domains and tries to make a profit by marking up the price for people who will actually use them, but I have purchased quite a few in my time. Such was the case with…

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I want to be playing at 1 am in a dark bar, in front of people who are indifferent to my existence. Said no musician ever.

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When I moved to Raleigh, NC after leaving the military in 2016, I was in the market for work as a trumpet player. I got a call from a local bandleader (who’s a friend of mine last I checked) asking if I’d be interested in subbing for a gig they had for a local church.…

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Where do the Goosebumps Fall?

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Publishing anything, be it a song, a blog post, a podcast, etc. is unnerving, isn’t it? You’re totally exposed to the world. You’ve opened yourself up to criticism from anyone and everyone. How do you know when it’s just right? I mean, once it’s out there, it’s out there. The Internet isn’t written in pencil,…

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Break Out of the Internet Box

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Something that stuck with me from my interview with Jacky and Andy of Across the Board is how they started as a youtube cover band – but it was never their intent to stick with that. Eventually they knew they needed to break out of the “internet box”, i.e. being just a youtube band, just a vlog. The…

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Content, Content, Content. The Peace of Mind that Comes from Batching.

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In my recent interview with Jacky and Andy of Across the Board, they described a little bit about how they are able to produce such an astounding amount of content. Really, in addition to producing a premium quality album once a year or so, they do a daily video blog, a written blog, and a weekly…

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First Master the Bookstore. A Lesson from Amazon.com

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If you’re under 25 years old, this may be hard to believe, but there was a time that Amazon.com was nothing more than an online bookstore. To be fair to Jeff Bezos, “just an online bookstore” means it was the biggest, baddest online bookstore in the world. It put giants like Barnes and Noble on high…

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Why I’m Considering Alexa Flash Briefs

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The other day, my friend Marc Mawhinney of Natural Born Coaches and the uber popular Facebook group “The Coaching Jungle” announced a webinar talking about the power of Alexa Flash Briefs (AFB). Marc’s guest for the webinar was Jeff Smith. Jeff is known as “The Alexa Guy”. What is an Alexa Flash Brief? An AFB…

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Why a Heavier Work Load = Less Work

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Since switching the format of the MusicPreneur.Com podcast to 5x a week, M-F, I’ve seen really great results. Download numbers are up. Engagement with the audience is up. My own engagement with the show is up. All in all, a great decision. At first, I was thinking it was going to be a ton of…

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