My song “Stay With Me” is doing well in a voter-based song competition!

It made me very happy to see that my original song “Stay With Me” is doing well in yet another voter-based song competition!

I previously submitted my song to “Fresh On The Net” where strangers listen to and vote for their favourite tune among an ocean of independent songs.

You will be disqualified if you alert your fans and followers to the fact that your song has been shortlisted.

So if you see that your song gets through the initial round you have to stand by quietly and wait to see if you get featured with a proper article on the site.

I take it as a very good sign that I’ve been able to stand out time and time again in such a setting!

Several of my releases have been shortlisted on Fresh On The Net, I even received airplay for my original song “Let It Go” on BBC6 some years ago, which can happen if you submit your song!

Now I’m receiving favourable feedback once again from total strangers to my music!

I did not submit my music to this Instagram site, but I was very happy that they decided to just throw me into the mix!

I appreciate all support and exposure!

It is especially awesome to see that my original songwriting pops-out to strangers!

I have of course told my Instagram followers about “instaoriginalmusiccompetition” so now the percentage looks even better!

Years ago I was featured in a voter-based guitar competition. When I found out about it I posted about it everywhere but once the voting was over the site decided to withhold the results! I figured that they probably didn’t like who won! Maybe it was me? 😮

SONG COMPETITION

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The Most Important 10 Years Of Your Life – Part 1.

In January 2016 I started my blog year on a positive note linking to articles that I figured could help my readers.

One of the articles I linked to was this one: What are the most important years of your life?
The reason as to why I decided to revisit it now is that someone somewhere clicked on said article.
When reading it again I started thinking about my own life as an artist/musician and how that fits in with what the author/expert was saying.
I will break this blog post up into four individual ones since I’m trying to write smaller entries this year!
Support. 
According to the article it is crucial for kids to have support from their parents.
I agree.
As someone who started playing guitar late it wouldn’t have been possible for me to develop technically to the degree that I have without support.
I wouldn’t have gotten exposure and other good things either since they were/are the direct result of my mother’s work.
“Manager“ is in fact not a sufficient title to describe my mother’s involvement.
Self-promotion online, reaching out to professional industry people, not to forget self-educating about the ever-changing aspects of the music industry is a lot of work.
Building a brand, writing original music, acquiring technical skills; none of these things are easy, especially since different tasks require different mental wiring.
Few are genetically equipped to do it all, there is also a limit to the amount of hours available to a person in a 24hr day, not to forget individual needs in regards to sleep, etc;
There are so many aspects involved with being an artist that it can be dizzying. The clock tics, and you have to find out if you are placing your bets on the best project.
It doesn’t matter if you have lots of ideas for books if your brand is music and you are independent. There will not be enough hours to independently pursue both, because it will require reaching out to independent book-bloggers and people engaged in that field of work, rather than reaching out to music-industry people and brand a new release to an already existing fan base.
The network required to launch a fashion brand, several book series, art exhibitions, and music releases in several genres, would be nothing short of mad to build from scratch.
You would need many people involved with creating many different infrastructures.
Because of this, there are some pursuits that have to take the backseat, while the main focus is dedicated to one field, but even when narrowing things down, you’ll probably need help.
In the early years of my playing career I’ll admit that I was envious of those musicians who had supportive parents.
My dad told me that I would die of an overdose at the age of 27 and my mother was not exactly enthusiastic about heavy-metal or the idea of a woman playing the guitar.
Their reactions broke my heart back then and I seriously wondered if I would ever become a musician since parental support seemed a staple at the time when reading interviews with new up-and-coming rock-n-roll musicians.
The whole idea of rockers rebelling against their parents was a thing of the past.
Many Millennial rock-n-rollers got into the genre due to their parents being into it!
I felt like I was already beaten, but I still kept on going, and ended up being represented (and coached in opera) by my mother with my music turning into a family affair.
I wouldn’t be the musician that I am today if it hadn’t.

 

“Uncommon People – The Rise & Fall Of The Rockstars“ by David Hepworth.

This is the best music industry book that I’ve ever read! It was given to me as a gift last year and it was refreshing to finally read it after all of the heavy material that I’ve been working my way through this year.

The book is easy to read and impossible to put down as it delves into the strange quirks of modern-era “Gods.“

It describes how musicians all of a sudden turned into high-status people with their own entourage operating like royal courts…

Just like the warrior and the cowboy, the rock-star became a new masculine ideal, with the guitar resembling a rifle.

Much emphasis is put on the post-WW2 era.

What is noticeable is how enormously influential American culture was in England, and how very American the whole musical rockstar phenomena really was.

Much money could be made due to the physical format and by promoting performers who were attractive enough to cause mass hysteria in the opposite gender.

Rude and merciless behaviour is described by musicians firing band members due to facial features or conservative personalities, the author doesn’t mince his words in support of these actions. Stories such as these have always struck me as especially mean-spirited and has always left me wondering how it must feel like for such characters to read about themselves in such a way.

The most tragic chapter in my opinion was the one about Janis Joplin, a truly haunted individual who seemed hellbent on some personal vendetta through career achievements. When she finally did her victory round by visiting her home-town as a successful music artist, nobody really cared and all she accomplished was alienating her own family. Just weeks after this personal failure she died of an overdose.

When reading the stories of premature deaths and personal tragedies I couldn’t help but wonder how these lives would have played out if the artists had had a better support system and healthier values.

It must surely be better to be saved from going down disastrous paths than to die young and tragically due to unresolved personal issues, yet this has become so embedded in the whole “rockstar-soap-opera“ that people have come to expect it, and even worse: worship it!

The macabre nature of this was surely not lost on me when I watched the movie about Amy Winehouse and saw/remembered how she was consistently lauded as a heroic character by music industry people due to her “rock’n’roll-ness.“ Her record label knew about her eating disorder, everyone knew that she had serious problems, but nobody really did anything. Simultaneously she was portrayed as the coolest chick ever, due to said problems. A sick glorification indeed. I’m sure that the ghost of Amy Winehouse would have preferred that she got help if taking into account some of the last things that she said.

A great number of the stories contained in “Uncommon People,“ are tragic and depict musical artists as extremely petty, such as Eric Clapton offering Jimi Hendrix to play through a bass amp when joining him onstage, only for Hendrix to return the behaviour with playing something too technically intricate for Clapton.

The author also reveals how nepotism/corruption has played a significant role in the creation of the “God-status“ given to some of the representatives of the non-meritocratic show-biz system.

Still the artistic ego seems to be of such magnitude that few want to credit luck, business people, or image for their success, perfectly touched upon in the career-suicide of Prince who decided to mask and destroy his own identity much to the nuisance of record label bosses who dropped him as a result.

The author brilliantly concludes his tale with the emergence of technology comparing mp3s and the digital tech-revolution to the end of silent-movies.

The geeks are crowned as the new rockstars as musicians lose their status, a status that they held for a very short time in history.

This last chapter and the conclusion of the book is stellar since elites come and go.

“The establishment“ re-formats itself depending on the times, so if we were to experience an eco-catastrophe tomorrow out of the blue we would all turn to Bear Grylls types to rescue us since the majority of people are perfectly “domesticated,“ and have no idea about how to stay alive “in the wild.“

The high-status of geeks is only enabled due to our current technology, just like the high-status of musicians was due to the enormous amount of resources they could gather!

If our societies re-format again, which they will, we’ll see people shift their focus elsewhere.

I say: read this book! It awesome and a total page-turner!

Time Is Running Out If You Want A Signed Copy Of My New Album Before Christmas!

You’ll have to place your order today or tomorrow if you want a signed CD before Christmas! I’m also sending out Christmas cards to all of my Patrons, so if you want to be part of this exclusive list just sign up for 1$ to my page: https://www.patreon.com/thecommanderinchief

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If you like my work and what I do then this is the best way to support me as an artist!

THIS IS THE LAST REMINDER….

….that I’m posting regarding the pre-order campaign for my upcoming album! Tomorrow I’ll be heading out with what has been ordered today and after that the pre-order campaign will officially be over! The release date of the album is the 22nd of November! Downloads are available on my Patreon already!