Friday, February 17, 2012



It's time for me to share a favorite way that I share my music with new listeners: Jango

 If you have not checked out this valuable asset in music marketing, then think about trying it out for a couple of months and see how many email addresses, comments and new fans you get from that short period of time. I was always doubtful of whether my music would be listened to by a broader world-wide audience and if it would even be liked. Since joining Jango I have received many emails to let me know just how much some people appreciate and love what I produce. They have even bought CDs, downloaded tracks and watched videos that I have created.

There are a great set of statistical analysis tools, marketing and promotion tools that will help you reach greater audiences. I'm only tapping just a little bit of what this site has to offer. If you gig you can promote your upcoming events. Jango is also working on a way to help artists license their music.

What's nice, is the ability to target your audience to people who are listening to specific artists. This allows you to hone in on that person who you most sound like and let the person who is listening to that artist be turned on to your material.

Yes Jango is pay to play, but its a great investment. If you sign up through SonicBids or a few other sites, you get loyalty credits. If you spend $30 a month, you'll get 1000 credits plus the 200 loyalty credits. That's a pretty fair shake for a month worth of 1200 people listening to your songs. I yield about 25 to 50 brand new fans each month. The traffic to all my sites has picked up 10 fold since I've signed up with Jango. I have more email addresses now that I ever did. Plus I have a great tool for sending out promo information about upcoming releases when they occur and just staying in touch with my fans.

Dig in, try it out. There is a free trial of 100 credits (song plays), so what does it hurt to even do that? If you sign up, you have options after the trial, of purchasing some manual credits or having an auto-fill monthly option. This way, it works for you when you want it too and under your budget.

I'm inviting you to join below. When you invite other musicians to join, then you are able to receive credits as a bonus too, but only if the person signs up for the paid service. If you decide to do this, then great, we both get something out of the deal. If you don't; at least try the free service, so that you can get your music out into the world. I have over a 1,000 new fans this last year and they are from all over the world. Its a great way to meet some new people and share your gift of your music.

Click here: Jango

Friday, February 10, 2012

Shy - Shy

As I sit here and listen to this masterpiece of melodic metal, I can't help to think what a tragedy befell this band in October of 2011. The guitarist extraordinaire, Steve Harris (not to be confused with the bassist from Iron Maiden), died from a brain tumor. He leaves behind a 13 album discography that spans almost 30 years. I loved this band in the 80s and still do.  When I heard this latest offering last year, I was floored. The songwriting on this album is well crafted. Great lyrics with excellent guitar playing and the powerful voice of Lee Small.

Some of the greatest highlights from this album are, "Save Me", "Sanctuary" and "Blood On the Line". The latter being one of my favorite tracks. This song just rocks from beginning to end. The riff at the end of the song is just killer as well as the chord structure in the last few minutes. You'll find yourself banging your head up and down with the horns up in the air as they come out of that last solo. "Sanctuary" is an epic song, from beginning to end. The bluesy lead guitar work through the whole song and the fist pumping power after the intro, just remind me of standing in front of a stage at a concert and screaming songs like this at the top of my lungs, banging my head to the band.

All of the songs on this release are great and the hooks in each track are reminiscent of the glory days of the late 80s, when this style of music ruled the airwaves and it took us away from our everyday worries and cares.

If the band or the family ever reach this little review, I hope they know how much this album means to one of its fans. Steve will be sorely missed, but his legacy lives on in a masterpiece that I will listen to quite a bit over the rest of my years. I just love this album! RIP Steve Harris, thank you for rocking us all!

Please support Shy by purchasing their music from Amazon or iTunes

Visit their official website.

Blood On the Line


Seventh Wonder - The Great Escape

This is one of my favorite progressive rock releases for 2011. Hands down, some greatest songwriting, storytelling, singing, arranging and musicianship I have heard in years. I have listened to this album a countless times this year. There are some moments of grandeur here that just shine an immense brightness on this band. "Alley Cat" is one of those tracks that has a catchy progressive rock hook that I have not heard in a chorus in a very long time. 

The talent in this band is very technique oriented with a strong sense of emotion.  This is something that is lacking in some progressive rock bands who chase the "angry chipmunk" with their flashy chops.  Not with this band. The bass player, Andreas Blomqvist, is a monster on the six-string bass and Tommy Karevik has one of those voices that just pierces the veil when he sings. I don't know how else to describe his vocal style, except that he is one of the purest tenors I've ever heard sing outside of Jon Anderson of Yes.

"The Great Escape" is an epic prog-tale of 30 minutes which is an ode to a dying Earth. The song starts with our Earth Mother singing her song of sorrow to us as we leave her behind to die. Just that piece of the song alone has a power in its lyrics that bring a tear to your eye. I kid you not. I loved the melody line so much when I first heard this piece, that I had to look up the lyrics. When I read the story behind the album and this song, it brought a tears to my eyes. A very profound statement on how we are destroying our planet and for what.

I can honestly say that there is not a bad track on this album. The harmonies are excellent as well as the music itself. I look forward to listening to this album many more times in the future and cannot wait for new music to come from these gentlemen. Please support bands like this and purchase their music.

Official Site: Seventh Wonder

Buy this album at or iTunes

The Great Escape:

Alley Cat: