Category Archives: Music

Recovering Garage Band Files !

Thanks to this wonderful post for helping me find my Garage Band files when mine disappeared !


Regent Cashin of New York Speaks Out Against High-Stakes Testing

They are trying to remove music and most arts and sciences from our public schools with an agenda of dumbing down and opening for profit, unaccountable charter schools. Parents, children and administrators are taking to the streets an taking back our schools!

Regent Cashin of New York Speaks Out Against High-Stakes Testing.

The Voice Auditions: “Its Not About Talent, Its ABout Good TV”

“Call Back Audition for The Voice – What to Expect”
Since I’m headed for The Voice auditions next Saturday in NYC I thought I’d do some research. This is the second video I watched regarding the audition process.
Both participants in the videos I watched today stated that “Its not about talent, its about good TV.” They said that the producers are going not for talent thats already developed, but for potential undeveloped, lets watch ’em blossom before our eyes on tv kind of talent.
Now I don’t usually watch the tv show but after watching a few episodes, I heard some bad notes from the participants during their first appearance on the tv show. I was a bit stunned, then I realized, ahhhh, its about their development during the run of the show. Watching a few videos today of those who auditioned has now confirmed it for me.
SO the question is, whats my purpose? I’m also an actress. I can go on there and pretend a bit, sing not so good? Whaddya think?
Naah, just kidding. I’ll be myself, I promise. If thats what the show is really about, then its all about the journey for me. Its all about hanging with hundreds of other singers and/or “would be” singers, meeting new people like me, who spend their lives expressing themselves because it feels good & makes others feel good too.
Besides, NYC is always a fun place to visit. We’ll be connecting with family there and in New Jersey AND I’ll be doing a fun radio interview on Long Island with the crazy guys at The Real Radio Show. So as it turns out my purpose is multi-facted… get the hell out of the house, take the show on the road, and have a great time doing it !

GripGo , A Musicians Tool ?

Have you tried the GripGo yet ?  If you’re a musician you drive A LOT, to gigs, interviews/auditions, meetings with prospective employers. If you’re a Musician and a Mom like me  you drive a lot (with kids too) and want to utilize that time to get some tasks done, like talking to bandmates/agents/mgrs., listening to & learning new tunes, recording ideas on the voice recorder,  watching a music video ( at the red lights of course) With the GripGo you can do it all hands free. There are some conditions though. Read on.

I read some awful reviews about it not sticking to dashboards. Others said it was either too sticky to phones or not sticky at all when it came to phones with hard to remove “skins” or curved backs.  It would stick to windshields then fall off.

After using my husbands GripGo in his car and becoming intrigued, I purchased a GripGo for myself at Bed Bath & Beyond for $10. I attached it easily to my Volvo dashboard a few weeks ago and it’s been there ever since. After reading numerous reviews of pros and cons I have to say that they’re both right in a few ways.

It does work well on my Volvo dashboard. It didn’t work well with other dashboards in reviews I read. It didn’t work well with my BlackBerry Bold phone. GripGo was so sticky it kept removing the back cover every time I tried to pull off the phone and the battery would fall out as well, almost every time. I got a new BlackBerryZ10 phone and it works beautifully now because there’s no easily removable back cover.

I noticed that if the weathers very hot 80’s – 90’s the sticky stuff doesn’t work as well sometimes. My husband attached his GripGo to his car windshield and has an iPhone and its working well for him.

So , it seems that it works best under very particular conditions. I found what works for me and I’m LOVING having the GripGo. It keeps my eyes at dashboard level & my hands free, so I don’t look down as often trying to grab my phone. I get a bit more done so I’m not so grouchy about having to spend so much time in the car.

Wired review:


Crossing Borders North to Play a Gig? Updates on permits.

While many of us have traveled often to play in Canada, others haven’t. While many of us do it legally , others don’t.

On my first trip, as an AFM member & a part time political activist, I made sure to have all the legal permits in place, just in case.  I wanted an attorney at my disposal. During these times of the Patriot Act, when you can be imprisoned for speaking your mind, I thought better to NOT take chances.  (Remind me to tell you about the time I played Attica State Prison & what they found in my guitar case.:)

When I checked in with my Canadian work permit, they had no idea what to do with it. Apparently I was the first in their experience. LOL I had a feeling that would be the case. All went well after a bit of time on their part ,trying to figure it out.  I phoned AFM and a live person answered the phone ready to help. I was very happy about that . It made it worth every penny of the past dues & permit fees I’ve paid.

To inject my 2 cents regarding the laws, some of the permit fees (i.e. for full bands vs solo) are a bit high for us musicians/bands working our way up. They’re made more for the already famous and making the bigger bucks. SO, I understand indie local musicians trying to evade them. However, if you group a few gigs into one time period say within 3 months its not a problem and it helps keep musicians, the unions and living/fair wages at a high standard,  vs allowing pay-to-play sub standard treatment to become the norm. Then no one wins.

Here’s an article abt updates to international labor laws from American Federation of Musicians, ” International Musician Magazine.”

Join your local , get involved and help make the rules musician friendly, so we can continue to build relationships & share music with our global musical family !

In Solidarity,

:Deborah ♫

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