Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Hmmm…a lot has happened since my first Daily Source Code “airing” I guess you could say. And this blog is really geared toward that show and the October 2nd, DSC on which Adam and Patricia (Adam’s amazingly talented and beautiful…I might add…wife) aired “Make Believe” off of my album. They were gracious enough to list me on their “It” list. (way cool!) and…wow…what can I say?! It’s an honor.
There’s been a bit of a controversy about my album being played on Pods. First off if you’re unsure about what that is, please visit Adam Curry’s site and check that out. I am for it 100% I think it’s the greatest thing since network television! So much potential!! Anyway, the Podsafe network: I joined it pretty much because I’m an indie artist and, like any other indie artist, I wanted to get my voice out there. I was blessed in having a wonderful man, produce an album for me after he heard me sing “Big Time.” He wanted me to sing songs that his mother played and sang to him as a child. And he thought that it would be a great avenue for me and for Chris…basically to allow us to be heard. He told us that he knew how hard it was for “unknowns” to be heard and thought that doing an all cover tune album was the way to go. (The original stuff would hopefully come later.) Anyway, long story short, it’s been hard, getting it out “there.” And I, at first thinking that Podcasts were licensed like radio stations, added some tracks to the Network. Well, I was thrilled, as in the Sept. 17th blog, that people were playing the tunes and, of course, was overwhelmed that I was played on DSC. When I listened and heard Adam say something about the tune “Summertime” not being Podsafe…an obvious red flag went up. Then, Podsafe took the track off and through a couple of emails I found out the sad, sad, news.
Now if I understand correctly SOME Podcasts are licensed with ASCAP and BMI and CAN play cover tunes. Of course why would they play me, an unknown, compared to other well known artist…well they probably wouldn’t. Most radio stations can’t play tunes unless it’s charted and you have to have a tune played to get charted…go figure!!! I have had success with JazzFM, an internet radio station, who can play covers and…the last time we checked (actually my mom’s the only one who has time to do all that…I really have a great mom!) the song “Guilty” was in the top ten on their play list. So, there is hope out there for “unknowns.” If you are one of them…DON’T GIVE UP!! Be encouraged!
I really wish ASCAP and BMI would waive the fees or lower them for Podders. I understand the dilemma, but there HAS to be a compromise. I’m actually a member of BMI and should take that up with them. If I understand, all of the tunes that I’ve registered can’t be Podded at the moment…which sorta sucks! I wonder if I didn’t resister some of my others, got them played on a Podcast, if I would be kicked out. Hmmm…another question to ask them.
Anywho, I think C.C. took me off of the Podsafe site for now and I’m working on original stuff and actually some royalty free stuff that I’ve grown up with that…should be fun. We’ll see.
Okay, I’m going to shut-up now and sign off for the moment.
Small aside: I have to forgo the “letting anonymous bloggers comment.” I was getting loads of Viagra-crap blammed (Blam: Blog-Spam) on the site. Oh well, it only takes a few to screw it up for everyone else!