Vocal Instruction


Recording contract opportunities

In the past I have shared  the Music Clout site with my blog readers in instances when MC has promoted various resources that I viewed as worthy for singers and musicians. Here they are offering an opportunity for artists to get their music heard and to possibly get a recording contract. Check it out- and good luck.



Calling singer-songwriters, Americana, Country and Folk artists

Hey All:

Red Train Records is looking to add Country, Folk/Americana and singer-songwriters to their labe. They will provide a vast array of resources to the accepted musicians as well. Red Train has worked with names such as Fiona Apple, Robert Palmer and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Follow the link below for more details! They do have a deadline to submit. Good Luck



Creating “space” for music- and a sense of community

The trend toward smaller recording studios and away from the big, expensive ones, especially for those singers and musicians with budgetary concerns is nothing new.

However this article from the Temple (University) News exposes  a newer trend toward studios that are carved out within existing spaces, and often in more urban, industrial buildings. Interesting how the vibe of these spaces incites creativity for these young musicians while also creating a sense of community as well.




Songwriter royalties- in the digital age

T Bone Burnett is certainly a “titan” of the music business. An american songwriter, as well as  a soundtrack and album producer since the early 1970s, Burnett has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, John Mellancamp, Roy Orbison, The Wallflowers and Allison Krauss, to name a few. He has won Grammy awards, as well as an Oscar and a Golden Globe award for his music.
This article is Burnett’s view on the music business today and specific to the concern that royalty sums due songwriters have shrunk to all-time lows. And so Burnett details the reasons, and how the root cause of the problem is this age of the digital download, and what might be done to stem the tide of this phenomenon. Read on.



A unique opportunity to gain feedback on your songs

Pop Up Music, a music critique service affords you the chance to get your music critiqued and possibly published within film, TV, advertising and gaming. All music styles are welcome. Click through the Pop Up Music hyperlink here for more details: Pop Up Music.


Songwriting and the creative process

Thought I would take a departure from a purely vocal topic in this post and discuss songwriting. Included here in the link below is a fascinating approach to song composition and the creative process from Jazz composer, Kenny Wheeler who died recently at the age of 84.

A lot of theories and ideas have been bandied about in regard to the songwriting process, both in terms of song structure, as well as the ways in which creativity might best flourish; The question often raised is, what comes first in song composition, the melody, the lyrics or the melody accompaniment (chord structure)?

Historically, songs have been created at the keyboard or guitar, and for many writers the chord structure comes first and then the melody and lyrics follow. But many a song was born with the melody or the lyrics first. So this “song structure” in reality is wide open and dependent on the songwriter and their training, experience and musical/artistic influences.

But what about the creative process? Is it purely serendipitous, or is there some tangible, yet magical process where creativity flows like an open faucet? For me, as a songwriter some of my most fruitful outcomes have occurred when I’ve had a strong feeling about a given topic that I then channeled into song. Of course, it’s different for every writer, but that’s part of what makes the study of music and song composition such a joy.

Click through the link and follow the short article from my friend, Deni Kasrel, and how she happened upon this great story, as told by Mr. Wheeler on how the creative process happens for him. Enjoy!