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20 Jan

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Just had a great time interviewing Matt Steady for the MusicPreneur podcast.   Spoiler: Musicians are like the ice cream man.

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Easy, Killer

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About a year ago, I tried having a co-host on the MusicPreneur podcast. At the time, the show was 3 days per week, with Friday being me going solo. So I asked a friend of mine if he would “co-host”, meaning that I did all the talking while he acted as the person with whom…

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A Tweak Changes the Dynamic

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Who would have known that a punter would change football? Well, it might be a bit of a stretch to say that Sam Koch changed football as we know it forever. But he did change the craft of punting forever. In case you’re a football ignoramus, here’s how it works. The team is allowed 4 tries to…

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Treat People Like Dogs

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My family recently had dog-sitting duty. Some friends of ours who live down the street took a trip for the holidays, but weren’t able to take their dog with them. We were happy to watch the little guy for 10 days or so. Something that made me laugh was how my 3 year old son…

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Worry About What You Can Control

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Don’t Go It Alone. Join the MusicPreneur.Community today! About a month ago, I got an email from a lady in the town I live in asking if I would teach her son trumpet lessons. I said I would, and we’ve had a lesson every week since. He’s preparing for an all-district audition and wanted some…

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What If You Had to Move to Hawaii?

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A brief personal history here. In 2005, I was employed by the John Birch Society as a coordinator for the state of Minnesota and small slivers of the Dakotas. I was hired while I still lived in Washington State, where I had started a small but rewarding business cleaning windows and gutters, power washing, roof…

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What I Don’t Want to be Doing in 5 Years

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Yesterday I had a rehearsal for a Christmas eve gig I’m playing. I’m grateful that I’ve positioned myself in a way that people want to call me for gigs with really good musicians here in Raleigh. I’m also grateful that I’m building an online business so that I’ll eventually be able to politely decline such…

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In Praise of Patreon

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Join the MusicPreneur.Community Anyone who knows me or who follows my podcast knows that I’m an advocate unequivocally for the free market when it comes to economics. I know… Music and economics are strange bedfellows, right? But we’re entrepreneurs, so it’s kind of important to have at least a tiny bit of knowledge on the…

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That’s a Horrible Idea. What Time?

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I had a good laugh the other day when I saw someone wearing a shirt that said that. I went up and told him so and his wife said it was the third time that day someone had remarked on it. It just goes to show that clever and intriguing wins out every time. Did…

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If You Have “Time to Spare,” You’re Doing it Wrong

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Time to Spare? Recently, a friend of mine and I were talking about an idea he had for a book. My friend is a music professor at a local university. His idea was to write a book of warm-ups for brass players based on music theory. As he described the idea, I could sense a…

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