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#1127389 - 05/04/17 04:36 PM 3 Cuts this Year  
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Hi everyone, its been a while since I have posted. MAB has been a huge support to me and I'm sure to a huge amount of you out there. I literally take every word (and you know he's never short on them) he says to heart and I can't thank him enough. So here's what is happening in my life that is so exciting that I can barely contain myself. Next week a 19 year old Indie artist is traveling from Maine to Buffalo, NY (where I live) to record her first EP. 2 of the songs are mine and the other two are Ed Bentley's and John Rose's songs, two other songwriters from Buffalo, NY. The artist's name is Miranda Mastera. I'll have her Reverbnation page listed below. After the recording session she'll be performing at the famed Sportsmans Tavern, which is the "Bluebird Cafe of the north". From there, she'll be headed to Nashville.

What did MAB have to do with this? Let me tell you in my own words. So many of us songwriters are pitching to the majors. And the chances of getting any one to listen, let alone cut our songs are.......nil and none. We are getting beat up from the constant rejections and sometimes, its hard to go on. MAB told me to find a young Indie artist who would be interested in my songs. Find someone like "Liz Rose found Taylor Swift". Who wouldn't want to be someone's "Liz Rose"?? So I not only found Miranda, but I found another Indie artist (I can't say her name yet) who is cutting my song "TRY" very soon. Miranda is cutting "Just Go" and "I've Got a New Song" next week.

Will I make any money with these cuts? Doubtful. But OMG, you can't put a value on what is happening right now. THIS is success. THIS is what is going to keep me going. And THIS is what erased all the negative energy I ever got from every rejection, every bad critique, every nay sayer.

MAB, you rock!! I will get to meet you some day and give you a big smooch. Here is Miranda Mastera. Remember that name. https://www.reverbnation.com/mirandamastera

#1127390 - 05/04/17 04:52 PM Re: 3 Cuts this Year [Re: Donna Dutchess]  
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Way to go Donna! A big congrats to you... and MAB for his knowledgeable guidance.

Best, John smile

#1127391 - 05/04/17 05:23 PM Re: 3 Cuts this Year [Re: Donna Dutchess]  
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She dynamite, Donna. Congratulations to you and here's hoping for even more success for you both.


#1127403 - 05/04/17 11:01 PM Re: 3 Cuts this Year [Re: Donna Dutchess]  
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Hi Donna:

Glad to hear of your good news. I'm hoping this becomes a big break for you to "climb the pyramid" because of recognition of your writing talent. It's also good to know Marc was able to play a part in bringing all this together. Wishing you success and happiness.


#1127409 - 05/05/17 06:38 AM Re: 3 Cuts this Year [Re: Donna Dutchess]  
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Congratulations Donna. So far all I've been able to find are singer/writers with their own song supply, so they are going to do their own songs. Understandable I guess. I get a lot of praise but few takers.
I tried that link but so far have not being able to get it to open.

#1127413 - 05/05/17 08:35 AM Re: 3 Cuts this Year [Re: Everett Adams]  
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New artists are not easy to find. I spend a couple hours a day searching and contacting. I find a lot on Twitter, Reverbnation and googling "Indie artists". Even though the artist is also a "songwriter", I still contact them. Many times all they did was co-write and have very little skill as a songwriter, but want to have "songwriter" on their resume. These artists are always looking for a good song. My point is: don't give up. Keep looking.

#1127423 - 05/05/17 07:49 PM Re: 3 Cuts this Year [Re: Donna Dutchess]  
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I hate to say "I told you so..." but.....

That is GREAT DONNA and congratulations. By the way, Ed Bentley and the two writers from Buffalo are ALSO people I work with. LOL! I think one of those songs are mine as well.

The deal is we are in a "DO IT YOURSELF WORLD" and everyone gets too consumed by trying to find the majors, work their way in, and trying to climb Mt. Everest when actually there are TONS of other ways to make your way in places like this. You are DOING it! Very proud of you.

I'll always be waiting on that smooch. Thanks for the shout out.

#1127434 - 05/06/17 07:42 AM Re: 3 Cuts this Year [Re: Donna Dutchess]  
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Well done Donna (and MAB for steering!).


I try to critique as if you mean business.....



#1127438 - 05/06/17 10:28 AM Re: 3 Cuts this Year [Re: Donna Dutchess]  
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I hope you don't mind, but I have posted this on a couple of other places I work with people and passed it along. It is important as I believe people have to be PROACTIVE when it comes to their own music. I really appreciate your mentioning me, but this is really not about me. It is about YOU and taking control of your own career without waiting on a publisher or some intermediary to make things happen for you. Very proud of that. I wish more people would do that as you have. People need to hear about VICTORIES in this day and age of constant doom and gloom related to music.

Let me know if that is not okay and I can take down anything I post anywhere.


#1127439 - 05/06/17 10:41 AM Re: 3 Cuts this Year [Re: Donna Dutchess]  
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Just listened to Miranda! She's great. Wish you much more success Donna.

Best, John smile

#1127449 - 05/06/17 04:34 PM Re: 3 Cuts this Year [Re: Donna Dutchess]  
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It's amazing how successful someone can be when they actually listen to and follow through on good advice. So many hear us preaching that over and over but never do anything about it. The difference with you Donna is you followed through and by doing so you've already beaten 99.8% of you competition.

Good luck and most importantly, have a lot of fun Donna!


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#1127465 - 05/07/17 10:00 AM Re: 3 Cuts this Year [Re: Donna Dutchess]  
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Thanks Brian,

That is what I have always liked about your site. You give out REAL PRACTICAL APPLICATION advice in what you do, and feature here. And there are many success stories from it. Was glad to see this one. But yes, they have to follow through on it.

I always love and use your example of 5000 people a year paying for what you do. That is absolutely the best advice someone can get.

Thanks for letting us be around.


#1127466 - 05/07/17 10:10 AM Re: 3 Cuts this Year [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Go for it MAB. I appreciate it and it is my honor to help.

#1127605 - 05/11/17 04:39 PM Re: 3 Cuts this Year [Re: Donna Dutchess]  
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I just noticed this thread and like everyone else here, it's great to see someone's passion getting noticed, appreciated and RECORDED! wink MAB gives solid advice and there was a payoff for following it.

Congratulations to you. I hope Miranda is the next Miranda.


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