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Music on a scale

Determining The Value of Music

How do we value our music? There are criteria that we use to determine the value of something. It’s easier when dealing with an object, something concrete like jewelry, a car, a house, etc. But what about something so much more abstract? How do we determine the value of music? There are still certain criteria …

The Monopoly Man takes the cash

Musicians Wear Many Hats | Unfair Compensation in the Music Industry

Live musicians and their many roles Musicians are often times holding full-time jobs/careers in a non-music field to make ends meet. Why? Why is there unfair compensation for the working musician who dedicated him/herself to being a professional? The role of the professional musician is multifarious meaning the performance aspect is not the sole responsibility. …

Hollywood Venues on the Sunset Strip

Writing Music | Standing Out Above The Crowd

What it’s like as an up-and-comer Many of my peers and I have noticed that growing up with the thirst for writing music comes with many setbacks. Here are some reasons: no one takes you seriously you are writing your own music that no one has heard yet you’re work ethic has room for improvement …

DAW Error Message

Music Production Issues | When Technology Lets You Down

Music Production Has Halted So. You’ve broken the bank to acquire all the gear and software you need for your music production startup. You’ve spent tireless nights learning new tools. You’ve spent emotional and physical energy making music that you believe is worth a damn. But now, Logic Pro X, or your other DAW (digital …

Live Performance by Cut Elements band

Professional Bands Versus Garage Bands

Band Loyalty We all know the story. In high school, buddies get together and rock out, hoping they will one day be rock stars. They practice loud, they stick to what they like to listen to, and they are in it to make it as a band, as friends. This, “leave no man behind” mentality is …

Chris Cornell

Depression In Musicians | Reflecting On Chris Cornell’s Death And The Temperament of Artists

Falling On Black Days As you may have already heard, legendary rocker Chris Cornell is gone. People are grieving everywhere as he was a staple of the 90s rock scene and continued to be an icon as a singer and musician until the day he died. It is noted by medical examiners that he hung himself …

Jaime working with Locke High School at LAUSD Band Championships

Musical Athletes

Why not call us Musical Athletes? Marching band was a big part of my life for a long time.  I spent every day in high school working on becoming a better player so that we, as a team, could end the year with another championship banner and trophy.  We did what athletes do and we …

When are we too old school for school?

Too Old School For School

Is it too late for me to become the proud recipient of a piece of paper that tells the world I am in debt?  I would love to be able to get my hands on one, but do I really need one?  Do I want to be that old fella sitting in a classroom filled …

My beautiful and trusty piano

Music From A Psychosocial Approach | How We Function Better With Music

Music brings empathy Sometimes we go through painful experiences and have no one in our immediate family or acquaintances to speak with. Music has a way of being there for us when we are alone, in pain, or even happy as can be.  I personally like to make music as a means of expression, and use …