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Recovering Garage Band Files !

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

https://telliott.io/node/78


Sonicbids Review and New Lesson Learned !

I’ve been using SonicBids for a few years now paying  $10 a month for the subscription. .  Before web savvy booking, promoters wanted hard copy promo packages which would add up to almost $10 a package when you consider postage, ink, paper, cd, photos, nice glossy folders & gas to the post office! So with this  and the price of latte’s in mind, Sonics subscription is not bad at all.

     Unfortunately, I haven’t had much success,… until this year.  Some of the submission fees were too expensive. I’ve come and gone and returned again mostly because maintaining the profile there has some advantages.  Besides having video, photos, press, audio and bio all in one easy to view place, the stage plot has also been of use when booking larger gigs who hire sound companies that must have a stage plot to prepare for you and make the show flow smoothly .  I just easily copy & paste the stage plot page link in my email to the promoter when booking outside of SonicBids.

       Now since 2011 Sonicbids has introduced “Token gigs,”  FREE gig submissions !  This has been a wonderful thing for those of us who are paying members. 10 tokens for basic level members, 25 for supersonic level members. I started using the tokens with a full on commitment only a few months ago and am now beginning to spark interest and some bookings pretty much in concert with my efforts. i.e. when I forget to submit , things slow down.

         I just learned a new & valuable lesson on SonicBids today that I needed to share.  After receiving an update from SonicBids on one of my submissions, I logged on to my submissions page to check other submissions as well.  In the past I’d see the red dot with words “Not Selected” after a particular submission and that was as far as I went. I used to check the “Details” link when rejected in the past, but after a while found no reason to check there because the promoters often use a computer generated generic response. So to save my valuable time I stopped checking.

       Today after looking down my list & seeing that red dot on a previous June submission I decided to check the “Details” link to the right of the submission status out of curiosity, with a bit of intuition nudging me . Well, low and behold to my surprise there was a letter from the promoter/booker saying that they’d prefer to invite us to their Fall festival instead of the gig I submitted for, seemingly because the festival was a better paying & exposure opportunity !! Of course I immediately responded “Yes! ” and included a  “Thank You!” in my short message. This was a lesson for me. From now on I’ll check the “Details” link on EVERY submission response.

       I would like to suggest to the SonicBids crew that promoters responses of this nature somehow get  to the artist in a more direct way, like within the Sonicbids submission notification email sent to the artists.  I’m sure I’m not the first to almost miss a message this way. Now I’m really curious to go over all past rejections to read the “Details” link to see if I’d missed any others.

         All in all I’m enjoying the opportunities SonicBids provides, looking forward to more , and very Thankful to them for the service . Rock On everyone and remember when looking for gigs, look under EVERY rock !!

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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: http://www.wired.com/geekmom/2013/03/gripgo-phone-mount/

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