A collection of longer articles, published first for the “Words to the Wise” Newsletter.

2 Lessons from American Idol - Top 12

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The format of American Idol requires artists to create cover versions of other people's music. This is only slightly artificial as many independent artists perform songs written by someone else. And so, the ability to take a song written by someone else and make it your own is a critical skill for your success in the music industry.

No Failure - Only Feedback

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Over the last few months, I've been doing a series of calls for…

7 Lessons from American Idol - Top 16 Results

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In the writing of this blog series - I will not be commenting on who stays and who is voted off, no matter how tempted I may be. My purpose in writing this blog is to help you in your serious pursuit of success doing what you love.

2 Lessons From American Idol - Top 8 Male Semifinalists

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In Wednesday's American Idol episode there two lessons that can help you be successful as a performing musician or artist.

3 Lessons from American Idol - Top 8 Female Semifinalists

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In last night's episode of American Idol, I saw a few themes that you can apply to your musical performance.

3 Lessons from American Idol - Top 24

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For Season 9, I will be commenting on AI every week, so I'll catch up shortly. I'm sure many blogs will be talking about this - but I will be looking at what lessons a music business professional can learn about how to create success promoting your career and your music.

Social Media Do's and Don'ts

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Just read a great blog post with an overview of Do's and Don'ts…

Taylor Swift - Is Her Career Over?

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I wrote this to Bob Lefsetz in response to his rallying cry for Taylor Swift and against the almost universal online and mainstream media bashing.

Ask the Organizer

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During the course of a given day, think about how many different ways you might be distracted from the tasks you have in front of you - a notification pops up in the corner of your screen letting you know you have a new email, your phone vibrates to let you know you received a new message on Twitter, the phone rings… and the list goes on and on. Let's face facts – we live in distraction oriented culture, where we're encouraged to be in near-constant contact with the outside world.

Social Media Marketing - Part 1

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I'm completely fired up about doing the social media thing the right way - and I no longer feel completely overwhelmed by it. And so, of course, I want to help you feel the same way.

Leadership

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I believe that Leadership, or the lack thereof, underlies many if not all of the challenges that we are experiencing in today's world. But what is Leadership?

Niche Marketing

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YouTube highlight video of Niche Marketing workshop

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