The release of my first three Trumplandia Cathedral tracks is now complete.

Trumplandia Cathedral (Translation Mix) was released today.  You can hear it on my music tab and also at most other online music sites like Apple Music and Spotify.  The translation mix is the English translation of Trumplandia Cathedral (Gibberish Mix).

Sometime next week (the week of March 12), I'm planning to release an instrumental mix of Trumplandia Cathedral.  Are you ready?  :-)

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new musical adventure for me.  I'm releasing my first dance track.  It's called Trumplandia Cathedral (Gibberish Mix).  It will be available on iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby.com, Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and many other sites.

There are plenty of places you can hear it for free.  I'd love to know what you think of it.

Here's the cover art which is a NASA image of the Helix Nebula.

It's not just vinyl sales that are soaring.  Consumers are buying books in actual bookstores, board games and also film-based cameras.  Digital technology is a great thing, but my opinion this new embrace of the non-digital is a great thing.

Check out this short, interesting video on the subject.

Former Federal Reserve analyst, Danielle DiMartino Booth, has published a book called Fed Up: An Insider's Take On Why The Federal Reserve Is Bad For America.  She was recently interviewed in a podcast with Chris Martenson of PeakProsperity.com.  I have embedded the podcast below.

I enjoyed the podcast very much but it wasn't a lot of new information for me because I've been following the subject for many years.  She discusses the inner workings of the echo chamber of "experts" on the Federal Reserve's FOMC and how their radical zero interest and QE policies have impacted the economy, the bond market and pension funds.

 

Why am I writing about this on musician website? Because it directly relates to my song Billion Dollar Pill which I wrote in 2011 when the economy was still hurting from the crash of the housing bubble of 2006 which bottomed in 2008.  I believe the Fed has not really fixed anything, but merely blown another bubble.  With the help of other central banks around the world it is bigger than both the dot.com bubble and the housing bubble and global in scale.  At some point in the future, my song Billion Dollar Pill will be very relevant again.

I'm sure her book is very interesting but I won't be buying it.

For songwriters and musicians getting their songs on playlists can mean a lot of streams and some real revenue.  But how do you get on them?  You can answer that question with one word: Payola!

Payola has been around for a long time and refers to the practice of record companies paying radio stations to play their music.  Because streaming has replaced radio to some extent and the playlist has replaced the DJ, payola has now infected the streaming world when there is payment to be on playlists.

Billboard has a great article on the subject from August 19, 2015.

Music is a very competitive business and it's getting worse by the day.  Now I have competition a chicken who can play a keyboard.  Watch this hen play America the Beautiful.  She's even aware of when a note has not sounded properly and she tries again until it's right.

 

I was just interviewed by NeuFutur Magazine.  You can read it here.

PBS animated a portion of a 1986 interview with Joni Mitchell.  It's pretty cool how it's done.  I really brings the dialogue to life.

There are some hopeful signs for musicians in Bandcamp's 2016 report.  Digital album downloads up 20%, CD sales up 14%, vinyl sales up 48%.  IN ONE YEAR!  All this while the music industry overall is seeing a decline in everything but streaming.

Not only that, but they increased their staff in one year by 43%.  Now that's growth!

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