Tuesday, October 12, 2004

The Life of a Musician #1

Hey Soul Mates,
There are definitely some cool small moments in the life of a musician. Being a songwriter (and your own publisher) you can actually make a few pennies from airplay and song placement in film and TV. I'm a member of BMI and get semi-annual reports on our airplay. Today, I learned that our song Bad Penny Blues was featured in PBS' "Red, White & Blues" TV programming. You may recall that last year was the Blues Centenary and PBS did a whole bunch of 2 hour films on the blues. And yours truly had a song involved. I am not sure in what capacity the song was used, although I suspect it's real background music and it may have been used in ads or bumpers for local PBS outlets. Anyway, if any of you saw said program let me know. When your song gets played over 1,300 times somebody had to hear it. The report also noted that the song was used by TBS/Superstation a couple of times. Anyway, I thought I'd share that cool bit of news with you.

Last night I was at the Joint for The Reason (Waddy Wachtel's all-star shindig). The evening features a who's who of session players and they run through very famous covers, most of which they performed with the original artists. Of course, our producer Richard B. was there. Always a pleasure to see him outside of the studio. Last night was very cool, because former Beach Boy & current Stones backup singer Blondie Chaplin performed with the group. His voice is great; the highlight of the set being his rendition of "Sail On, Sailor." More than that he's a nice person. Very pleasant. Gotta ask him how he keeps his voice in shape. This is such a great town to see live music. I encourage all of you to support your local music scene wherever you live.

Finally, Thursday, I'll see the rough cut of our music video! All for now.

Love, Power, Peace


Blogger DP5150 said...

Was that the same tv series that Martin Scorcese did (highlighting the blues greats such as BB King, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, etc.)? If so, I believe the series is now available on DVD format.

8:07 AM, October 13, 2004  
Blogger Norm K said...

Yes, that is the series. I doubt that the track was used in the actual films, but rather in PBS promo pieces and bumpers. That should discourage anyone from watching the series. The 3 or 4 films I saw were quite good as I recall.

8:46 AM, October 13, 2004  

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