In the last year I've signed 10 non exclusive licensing agreements for television, films and games. It's the best shot an indie artist has to getting their music signed, licensed and published.
I can't think of another rock bassist as cool as Chris Squire. He had the stature ( 6' 4'' ), the attitude, the stance and the cheshire smile that let you know that he knew how cool it was to be in this band, playing this music. The Beatles of progressive rock,YES.
From my 3 1/2 years working with Music Xray I ended up on the cover of an E-Zine, did 3 phone interviews , signed 2 non exclusive publishing deals ( made no money ), joined many indie radio stations and have had some of my music on hold with publishing companies for over 2 yrs.
Music Xray and like minded music A & R sites are the last gasp of a dying industry on life support.
Currently in the studio, with my engineer Matt Erich, working on my new album: Acoustic Rock Onslaught.
As my journey (which started in 1980) in the music business continues, I'm happy to announce that Indie is king.
My girlfriend, Robin , and I have moved from Sacramento,Ca to Davis,Ca. From severe urban to a nice combination of suburban and rural.
As another year comes to a close, I am very grateful for my good health, good woman and good friends.
Why is it that some folks are content to punch someone else's clock as opposed to starting their own business ?
In 2013, I busted my butt in the studio, on stage and in the office at my label Pryor 2 What ? Records.
As a musician who has been in the business for over 30 yrs, I've found a consistent myopic mindset that is stuck in the mud.
There you go again, Hollywood. You've taken a great story about a real person and real events and twisted it into a bunch of lies.
So, you've done your homework and you've researched numerous places to submit your music to.
You generally get paid twice for any song that is used in a television broadcast.
Here's are my two Reverbnation pages:
When blending multiple instruments, you must be able not only to hear each instrument. But the tone,depth and brightness of each.
My top 10 Desert Island albums:
1. Gloria Lynne- Live at the Las Vegas Thunderbird
2. Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan - Live at the Basin Street East
3. Gloria Lynne - I'm Glad There Is You
4. Jimmy Smith - The Cat
5. Ramsey Lewis Trio - Country Meets The Blues
6. Julian Adderley - Presenting Cannonball
7. Sly & The Family Stone - Stand
8. The Beatles - Revolver
9. Joni Mitchell - Hissing of Summer Lawns
10. Yes - Close to the Edge
I've been fortunate to have worked with an array of very talented engineers over the last 30 yrs.
Jay-Z and Kanye found a time machine that sent them back to Hitsville USA 1963.
I can't remember being happier than I am at this moment in my life. Good health, good woman, good job and good music.
We take away the power of the teachers to be guardians with the removal of corpral punishment and now we have a bullying epidemic.
The latest Brad Pitt film has it's moments, but the pacing can be a bit of a trial.
Flight was very good. Denzel being Denzel which is kewl. I give this 2 1/2 Stars
For those of us who went through this Jimmy Carter crap, it puts you right back in the moment.
I can't truly fathom that my face, name and music, thanks to EDA records and Reverbnation, are posted on social / political websites around the world in front of millions.
I blurbed or blogged this film on my facebook page. Forgot to put it here. No big. It's time to retire this beast.
Brutal, raw, bloody, clever, hard. A non stop afront of hillbilly, moonshine runnin' pride.
This film is currently number one in the nation. It's not scary, not shocking, silly dialog, unimaginative, lame special effects and basically cheesey.
Dinesh Desouza does an admirable job telling Obama's story to those who were uninformed or willfully ignorant back in 2008.
A bit long, but long on action, bombast, sentiment and Bane. Best scene for me was watching Batman get his ass kicked. Felt every blow ! Still never got used to Batman's stupid Miles Davis impersonation.
Groovy and kewl with attitude and swagger. Reminds me of Boogie Nights with the predictable tragedy and macho silliness.
Plenty of action and a few laughs in this updated version with the typical Hitchcock Stan Lee walk through.
After the first MIB, they should have retired this bitch. Can't say no to the money !
She was labeled the queen of disco ( she hated the label ) by the dimwitted press, but her first hit " Love to Love you Baby " was nothing but a slow funk grind of the era.
Full tilt fun, action and they finally got the right actor to play Hulk and Hulk is finally " The Hulk " !
Based on the graphic novel that I've never read, It is a well paced story of a confederate soldier who ends up on Mars fighting a battle for the survival of an alien race at war with 2 other alien groups.
Bad ass film about the baddest asses walking the face of the planet, United States Navy Seals.
Liam Neesom is one of my favroite actors. Like Russell Crowe, Don Cheadle, Denzel Washington and Forrest Whitaker, he can take a mediocre script and make it very good.
4 highschool kids from different backgrounds and class status find a ufo in a cave that bestows the power of flight and telekinesis.
Sam Worthington , another over exposed talent ( 2 to 3 movies this year alone ), stars with Elizabeth Banks ( cutie ) in this action packed flick that is not for those with mild vertigo or height issues.
In one week I played a good gig to an awesome crowd at Sol Collective, had a phone interview by Ced 1 of Independent Music & Media ( Florida ) published and conducted an online interview with Andru Bell of Sol Collective.
Plus I spent some quality time with a few close friends.
Former MMA superstar ( ultra hot ) Gina Carano makes her big screen debut in an old school, action packed, semi cheesy spy vs. spy thriller where she kicks a whole lotta male ass from beginning to end.
I've been forcing my undisciplined ass to sit down and learn some piano since I have a Yamaha in my bedroom.
Typical Mark Walhberg film full of action, violence and ultra hot Kate Beckinsale.
This so called horror, thriller documentary had the potential to be a very entertaining popcorn face stuffing film.
After 2 1/2 months on unemployment, I'm just beginning to get used to this lifestyle of doing what I want, when I want to.Now all I have to do is increase my income and I can take my label to the next level.
The premise is imaginative, the concept is'nt too well worn and the special effects are fairly impressive.But this is'nt the first invasion film where the cast reacts as if stocks have gone down, it's a bad economy, the weather sucks and oh yeah, we're being invaded again.
Bless Steven Spielberg's heart for being compelled to share with us the type of warmth and grand landscapes that inspired his youth.
This film can be somewhat arduous at times, but I was drawn in by the characters and compeled by the story line.
This latest Tom Cruise outing is action packed, visually stunning and funny.
Downey and Law are a great team, fine screen play, visually stunning, excellent dialog, very entertaining. But something was lacking that the first film delivered in spaids.
I played a ton of gigs, recorded lots of music, sold many cd's, played Sacramento, Roseville, Modesto, Stockton and Sanfrancisco.
Di Caprio is probably one of the finest talents of his generation and along with Eastwood, brings genuine star power J.Edgar.
Made by the same cats that gave us the classic "300", this film is visually stunning, but I did'nt find The Immortals compelling in the least.
Snot nose little punk kids with talent, but poor social skills, little or no common sense are a bain and a pain.
I've been using 21st century A&R outlet: Music Xray to pitch my music catalog to industry reps to land multiple non exclusive liscensing deals or one major exclusive deal.
No major improvement on the original from over 20 years ago starring Jeff Bridges.
All this movie did was make me paranoid.
4 stars Classic 3 Stars Great 2 Stars Good 1 Star Fair
In between the occasional mad genious that is Tammy Bruce, she plays dance music as bumper fodder. This time it was Katie Perry's painful tune: Firework.
Being an improvisational artist who is prolific in multiple genres, I sometimes find myself influenced by music I don't even like.
Certain songs in my set are breaking me down to my core. Where before they were just songs in the set, but the emotion pouring through these tunes are speaking to me like never before.
This Nasa inspired flick takes the Paranormal Activity approach to the subject matter.
Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadel star in this English / Irish drug running FBI vs Cop comedy that is non stop funny and entertaining.
Having grown up during the Planet of the apes era in the early 70's and having endured Mark Wallberg in the modern version, this film was more than a pleasant surprise.
Great premise, good special effects, good cast, good script, good matinee popcorn film.
Playing multiple gigs in a weekend, sometimes in a day, my energy level is high and my mind is focused.
After the 2nd Potter film, the franchise began to loose it's charm and color.
I'm in the process of preparing for my cd release show with ads on KHITS 92.1FM , which reaches upwards of 200,000 listeners.
Industry music is dead
Industry music needs a Ginsberg
Industry music keeps you dumb
Makes you stupid
Industry music needs a howl
During the July 4th holiday I wrote a new tune inspired by a 40yr year friendship with my lunatic best bud Jeff Cooper.
Great special effects, Labouf is a good comical actor, dialog written by a 10 yr old, as average as Meagan Fox is, please bring her back.
A period piece that displays the mindless brutality amongst the clans during the end of the Shogun era in Japan.
My new cd " Tough Nut To Crack " was mixed, edited and mastered this weekend.
Typical Spielberg middle class, were'nt the 70's great , crazy effects, predictable happy ending, cute blonde chick close ups ( creepy ) mish mash of a film that he's been getting away with for over 30 yrs.
Talent alone does'nt win titles in the NBA. Maturity, knowledge and class comes in handy also.
Perfectly cast, great special effects, wonderful performances, does'nt take it itself too seriously and at times,funny.
Have'nt made my way to the dungeon to speak to the sky in a while so I thought I would induldge, divest and submerge.
Johnny Depp revises his role as Jack Sparrow for another installment of predictable swashbuckling silliness
Though I still have the occasional tendency to be passive agressive, my perspective regarding adults who suffer from behavior that should have been corrected at the age of 10, continues to improve.
Great special effects, kewl futuresque storyline that's a mix of Bladerunner and Mad Max.
Like a brain dead Obama zombie, I said he won the 2012 election based on the Bin Laden hit. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
Not as good as the first Spiderman or the first Iron Man, but better than both Hulk films.
For those of you who voted for Obama because of the color of his skin, shame on you.
I'm very grateful to all of the key people in my life who have helped me achieve everything that I have over these last two years.
What's the point of being born with talent when you have the common sense, good judgement and perspective of a bag of rocks ?
The previews for Limitless looked like something Tom Cruise would have signed onto back in the 80's.
Pretty damn funny from beginning to end.Especially when you throw John C. Reilly ( Walk Hard ) into the mix.
Outside my window
supreme on sylvan perch
daydream relates you
as themes slowly emerge
I did'nt mean to hurt your feelings
but you were flying way to high
I tried to drag you from the ceiling
You turned around and spit in my eye
Attempting to play in the world of civilians is slowly taking it's toll.
After three gigs in a row, it was nice to give the voice a rest and enjoy the weekend with some celluloid entertainment.
My part time job is an exercise in futility, wallowing in a swamp of nothing.
Left Friday on Amtrak from Sac to Martinez to be met by my bud Judith.Onward to San Francisco and Pirate Cat Radio, home of Diamond Dave and the modern day version of Abbie Hoffman, Angela Davis and Bider / Minehoff.
Hathaway and Franco were not the worst choice too host this plodding, desperate yearly affair that longs to be as classy as the oscars of the Bob Hope era.
After all these years I'm still training myself to not engage individuals whose first response is to be contrary as if they were born without the circuit breaker that filters the idiocy before it arrives at the mouth.
Starting in May of 2009 I began to play open mics.Then features and finally the occasional gig.
I had a great lunch date with a good friend on Saturday at the Downtown plaza.
Played a gig last night at a bar in Roseville. Not my turf or my audience.It's a crowd that wants to talk, shoot pool and listen to the juke box.
Since I was a child I've been living with the beast within.Some call it the voice, the muse, the guide, the force, whatever.
Found a nice spot on 14th & E in downtown Sac called Shine. Good food, tea, coffee and a laid back open mic.
Went to the bay with my bud Judith over to Pirate Radio to play a couple of tunes during their open mic which is podcasted and blasted to the streets.
With canopies flying and breaking from wind gust of 35 mph and more, camera crews and a visit from Mayor Kevin Johnson
Jason Staham's films are usually entertaining, action packed and mildly amusing.
The sun was out, the breeze was crisp and the women were gorgeous in Downtown Sacramento.Popcorn, yogurt and street music.
I've been spreading the gospel for nearly 10 yrs and some don't get it while others just don't want to know. To have talent and no common sense is a shame.
After a solid 90 minute rehearsal to prepare for my upcoming shows, I grabbed the walkman and listened to some classic Motown. Some of the greatest arrangements by the most prolific and imaginative songwriters ( Holland, Dozier, Holland ) of the last 50 years.
So both open mics were a bust, but it did'nt matter.My friend and I hit the gazebo in Benecia to take some pics.
Here in Martinez after a fat breakfast.I plan on hitting Saga in Alameda this afternoon and then Panama Cafe' in Concord this evening.I'm sold out of cd's, but I can flier and spread the gospel.I don't know if there's a tip situation,not important.
I'll let you know how it goes.
Fourth day of this soggy and foggy Steven Kingesque weather that refuses to lift for more than six hours.Oh well, better enjoy it while I can.Before I know it June will be here and it will be pain the valley.