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Music Biz Tips On How to Talk, Perform and Protect
By Bob Baker
Here are three brief excerpts from the new Music Marketing
From Derek Sivers, president of CD Baby:
Think Like a Person or Poet, Not a Musician
When describing your music, PLEASE don't be a musician.
Don't say, "The wonderful harmonies and arrangements on
this release are sure to delight! Not to mention the tight
rhythm section and insightful lyrics!"
Real people don't think like that.
Think what one teenager down at the mall would say to another
when describing what they love about your CD. "Dude - it's
like if Korn hadn't wimped out. It's like Busta Rhymes went
metal, but they're from Mars or somethin'. It's slammin'.
And you gotta see that picture on the inside cover!"
Think what an office-worker who wasn't much a music expert
would say to a friend about your music. "It's cute! They
have this song that has a little 'hoop-hoop!' at the
beginning, with that baby voice. It's kinda funky! And he's
got this sexy bedroom voice. Funny video."
Real people often compare an artist to other famous artists.
Real people talk about the overall "vibe" or sound of
something. Real people DON'T talk about "insightful lyrics"
and "wonderful harmonies" and "tight musicianship." That's
Play your music for some non-musicians, and ask them what
they'd say to a friend about it. Learn to describe your
music in ways that actually *reach* people's emotions and
imagination, and your music itself will be that much more
likely to reach and touch people.
From Christine Lavin, singer/songwriter/guitarist:
Livingston Taylor says: My job is to make people feel better.
Woody Guthrie says: My job is to disturb the comfortable and
comfort the disturbed. I think my job is to entertain
audiences by making them think, making them feel, making
them laugh, and if possible, teaching them something they
didn't already know. Figure out what your goal is as a
performer, then use your performance to work toward that
goal during the course of the evening.
For me, there are three kinds of performers: Liza Minelli
(love me, love me, love me), Suzanne Vega (I'll let you
watch me), Bruce Springsteen (I'm one of you). Which one
Tom Paxton's rule -- come right out, don't touch mikes, just
start singing. That means having everything set up ahead of
As Megon McDonough says: There's room for everybody who's
good. We are not competing for one record deal, or one
concert date. If you are successful, it doesn't mean your
competitor must fail. People don't have just one CD on their
shelf. They have hundreds. They can have all of ours.
From Danica Mathes, an entertainment and intellectual
Music Copyright Basics
Poor Man's Copyright. The practice of mailing a copy of
one's own work to one's self is sometimes called a "poor
man's copyright." There is no provision in the copyright
law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a
substitute for registration. This practice is used primarily
to establish when the work was created via the postmark
on the unopened envelope.
Who Can Claim Copyright. The way in which copyright
protection is secured is frequently misunderstood. No
publication or registration or other action in the Copyright
Office is required to secure copyright.
Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is
created in fixed form, such as a book, manuscript, sheet
music, film, videotape, cassette tape, or CD. The copyright
in the work of authorship immediately becomes the property
of the author who created the work. Only the author or those
deriving their rights through the author can rightfully
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