There are a few people that might disagree with what I’m about to type. I’m a helpful guy when it comes to helping my fellow musician connect with something good for them. If I feel there’s a correct connection to be made I will prod a friend or new acquaintance to do something. Take for instance last Tuesday. I went to a little songwriter’s type of event in Hollywood in order to listen to some people speak about writing. While there I saw someone I knew and sat down next to her. The presenters were asking people to submit music to to be listened to. The incentive was they were giving seats to sit with Peter Gabriel and chat about songwriting.
Usually they want someone to have a CD with them, but so many musician’s now carry iPods or iPhones that carrying CDs is beginning to sound like ancient history. I turned in a card, but my friend was reluctant. I finally said, if nothing else, do it for the chance to sit and chat with Peter Gabriel. She finally decided to turn it in. Lucky for her, she was one of the five people to get picked (too bad I didn’t get picked as well). Needless to say, the panel liked her music, had a few good things to say about the song to help improve it and now she’s got a spot to sit with Peter. That’s a winning situation she would have easily passed up.
Another buddy of mine has taken it upon himself to spread some of that same helpful value my way – which is a tad unusual. He has connected me to an agent that represents composers. And a few weeks ago another friend of mine had introduced me to yet another person that wanted to immediately put me in touch with someone about bringing me to markets in Europe and Asia. This morning, I got messages about both situations. I have a meeting tomorrow with the agent and should also be hearing about the CD licensing next week. That was enough to put a smile on my face.
To make it even more fun today, the girl I got to submit music for the event on Tuesday is interested in helping finish a song I started. It’s right up her alley in terms of a style. Major plus.
This is gonna be a grooving day. Which means I have to roll with a song by a band that is a master of groove. It happens that they have a song called Happy which opens with a huge groove. It’s heavy. Not the first thing you’d think of about a song that is supposed to be about happy. Of course knowing about Dug’s past and what he’s been thru would explain that.
I really dig the vibe going on here. The juxtaposition. The chorus is one filled with hope despite the heavy nature. I believe it’s Dug saying things will end up being ok when he moves on with things when they change. Powerful guitars, super thick bass and musical drums all supporting a mellifluous melody and harmony set in the vocals. It plain rocks.
Go get it now!