Who's Online Now
20 registered members (Brian Austin Whitney, Calvin, Harriet Ames, couchgrouch, ben willis, Douglas Murphy, BlakeAllyn, 3daveyO3, Barry David Butler, Andy K, 1 invisible), and 288 guests, and
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Shout Box
Member Spotlight
Dave Rice
Dave Rice
Texas
Posts: 5,833
Joined: February 2005
Show All Member Profiles 
What's Going On
The Better Man
by Calvin. 03/27/17 04:32 AM
Just a Piece of My Dreams
by Martin Lide. 03/26/17 07:19 PM
The Art Of Rap
by MidniteBob. 03/26/17 06:46 PM
Different Kind of Blue
by Dave Rice. 03/26/17 02:15 PM
The Helpless Were [naughty word removed] On Again
by BlakeAllyn. 03/26/17 12:32 PM
I Want You Back cover (Jackson Five) - Acoustic
by MikeontheMoon. 03/26/17 12:31 PM
Love, there is No such Thing
by BlakeAllyn. 03/26/17 12:31 PM
The Blue Angels are in Town.
by Ray E. Strode. 03/26/17 08:53 AM
I Wish I Could Help
by Calvin. 03/26/17 05:15 AM
Life Will Be OK
by Jimmy Fleming. 03/25/17 11:34 PM
If I Had Listened
by Dave Rice. 03/25/17 11:22 PM
Ads at bottom of JPF page
by MidniteBob. 03/25/17 10:14 PM
Ain't Nothin' Left
by Alex Berka. 03/25/17 09:54 PM
Please Come Home
by Alex Berka. 03/25/17 09:40 PM
Some Assembly Required
by Brian Austin Whitney. 03/25/17 08:47 PM
2017 Nominees Check In Here!
by Brian Austin Whitney. 03/25/17 08:45 PM
How Popular Musicís Lyrics Perpetuate American Idiocy
by Kurt Fortmeyer. 03/25/17 05:42 PM
THE BIRTH OF A NEW SONG
by Donna Dutchess. 03/25/17 04:19 PM
Vietnam....Seems Like Only Yesterday
by Barry David Butler. 03/25/17 04:19 PM
City Boy In A Country Town
by Barry David Butler. 03/25/17 03:58 PM
Filling Your Shoes
by beechnut79. 03/25/17 03:01 PM
Reviewing and Reviving
by beechnut79. 03/25/17 02:44 PM
The Town Where You Were Born
by Rob W. 03/25/17 02:41 PM
Being Alive (In Between)
by Rob W. 03/25/17 02:32 PM
The Magic Of The Healing Tree
by Barry David Butler. 03/25/17 01:16 PM
WHAT'S IN YOUR CD PLAYER ?
by Ray E. Strode. 03/25/17 11:12 AM
Don't Rain On My Parade
by Barry David Butler. 03/25/17 10:16 AM
I Took Love for Granted
by GabyMartinez. 03/25/17 05:46 AM
Give (Instrumental)
by Alex Berka. 03/24/17 10:30 PM
MAB on WSM radio
by MidniteBob. 03/24/17 10:01 PM
Top Posters(All Time)
Calvin 19,012
Kevin Emmrich 10,522
Jean Bullock 10,330
Kaley Willow 10,240
Travis david 9,962
Two Singers 9,571
Joice Marie 9,186
Mackie H. 8,673
Mike Dunbar 8,574
glynda 8,557
Tricia Baker 8,318
Colin Ward 7,714
Corey 7,357
couchgrouch 7,152
Wyman Lloyd 6,578
Mark Kaufman 6,426
Joe Wrabek 6,390
ben willis 6,049
Dave Rice 5,833
Lynn Orloff 5,788
Louis 5,714
Linda Sings 5,601
niteshift 5,295
KimberlyinNC 5,195
Vicarn 5,005
Derek Hines 4,893
DonnaMarilyn 4,594
Blake Hill 4,528
Bob Cushing 4,333
Bill Osofsky 4,199
Cindy Miller 4,178
Tom Shea 4,173
TamsNumber4 3,894
nightengale 3,892
Caroline 3,865
Roy Cooper 3,856
Neil Cotton 3,846
Kolstad 3,732
Dan Sullivan 3,710
MFB III 3,687
Dottie 3,427
joewatt 3,411
Bill Cooper 3,279
John Hoffman 3,193
beechnut79 3,136
Skip Johnson 3,027
Pam Hurley 3,007
Terry G 3,005
Harriet Ames 2,863
PopTodd 2,854
Nigel Quin 2,794
E Swartz 2,778
Tom Tracy 2,558
MidniteBob 2,541
Polly Hager 2,526
Jerry Jakala 2,524
Al Alvarez 2,499
Eric Thome 2,448
Hummingbird 2,401
Nelson 2,359
Stan Loh 2,263
Sam Wilson 2,233
Judy Hollier 2,232
Erica Ellis 2,202
Wendy D 2,147
TrumanCoyote 2,096
Marty Helly 2,012
DukeWill 1,984
Ray Thyer 1,929
Clint Anglin 1,904
cindyrella 1,888
David Wright 1,866
Clairejeanne 1,851
Cindy LaRosa 1,824
maccharles 1,727
floyd jane 1,713
Ronald Boyt 1,675
Noel Downs 1,620
Iggy 1,583
Cal 1,574
Jack Swain 1,554
Rick Heenan 1,550
Pete Larsen 1,537
Ann Tygart 1,529
Tom Breshers 1,487
Tom Franz 1,450
RogerS 1,445
Ralph Blight 1,440
Chuck Crowe 1,435
Kenneth Cade 1,429
Rick Norton 1,427
bholt 1,411
Letha Allen 1,406
Stan Simons 1,402
in2piano 1,397
mattbanx 1,384
Jen Shaner 1,367
Charlie Wong 1,347
KevinP 1,324
Vondelle 1,316
Tom W. 1,311
Jan Petter 1,300
scottandrew 1,292
DakLander 1,265
GocartMoz 1,253
Janice & Bud 1,242
Ian Ferrin 1,230
IdeaGuy 1,209
Glen King 1,209
AaronAuthier 1,177
Diane Ewing 1,158
PeteG 1,146
summeoyo 1,076
BobbyJoe 1,075
Gerry 1,070
joro 1,045
S.DEE 1,040
yann 1,037
Tony A 1,016
argo 986
peaden 984
Wolvman 960
Jak Kelly 912
krtinberg 890
Petra 883
IronKnee 871
Drifter 856
RJC 845
Brenda152 840
Nadia 827
Juan 797
TKO 784
frahmes 781
teletwang 762
lane1777 746
90 dB 745
tbryson 736
Andy Kemp 732
Andy K 729
Jackie444 718
3daveyO3 704
Dayson 703
Dixie 701
Joy Boy 695
ant 694
Knute 686
Lee Arten 678
Katziis 652
R.T.MOORE 638
quality 637
CG King 622
douglas 621
Mel 614
NaomiSue 601
Shandy 589
Ria 587
TAMERA64 583
qbaum 570
nitepiano 565
pRISCILLA 556
Tink2 553
musica 539
deanbell 528
RobertK 527
9ne 523
Roderic 522
Irwin 514
BB Wilbur 511
pathardy 501
goodfolks 499
Moosesong 489
Zeek 487
Stu 486
Steve P. 481
KathyW 462
allenb 459
MaxG 458
Philjo 454
fanito 448
trush48 448
dmk 442
R&M 437
DGR 436
avweek 435
Stephen D 433
Emmy 431
Rob L 426
arealrush 423
marquez 422
kit 419
Softkrome 417
kyrksongs 415
RRon 408
Laura G. 407
VNORTH 407
Debra 407
eb 406
cuebald 399
EdPerrone 398
Dannyk1 395
Hobart 395
Davyboy49 393
Smile 389
GJShades 387
Ezt 384
tone 380
Marla 380
iggyiggy 378
coalminer 377
Cecilee 376
java 374
spidey 371
sweetsong 370
danny 367
Jim Ryan 360
papaG 353
Alek 351
Z - man 350
John K 348
JamesDF5 347
Jaden 344
ddreuter 341
TheBaz 340
Steggy 339
leif 339
tonedeaf 336
rickwork 334
Eddie Ray 332
Johnboy 328
Bob Lever 328
Helicon1 327
lucian 326
Muskie 321
kc 319
Z. Mulls 318
ptondreau 313
ONOFFON 312
Chris B. 310
trush 304
ed323 297
Ellen M 293
lizzorn 291
nicnac49 290
pomeranj 289
Char 286
ktunes 285
mastrose 280
pammie 279
Register Today!
Welcome to the Just Plain Folks forums! You are currently viewing our forums as a Guest which gives you limited access to most of our discussions and to other features.

By joining our free community you will have access to post and respond to topics, communicate privately with our users (PM), respond to polls, upload content, and access many other features. Registration is fast, simple, and absolutely free; so please join our community today!
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate This Thread
#986260 - 12/01/12 05:21 AM Sunday, September 30th, 2012  
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 18,016
Brian Austin Whitney Online content
Brian Austin Whitney  Online Content


Top 10 Poster

Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 18,016
Indianapolis, IN USA
Welcome to Just Plain Notes
Just Plain Notes: Volume 2.001, September 30th, 2012
Written by Brian Austin Whitney
Visit the Website: www.jpfolks.com
Mail CD's @ 5327 Kit Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46237
Copyright 2012 Just Plain Folks Productions.
Just Plain Folks Member Population: 50,073
Just Plain Folks on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JustPlainFolks
Brian on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Brian.Austin.Whitney
Brian on Skype: Brian Austin Whitney
***************************************************
Would you like to join the JPF Networking Message Boards? It's quick and easy. Just click the link and choose a password and user name and you'll be posting in no time! We'd love to hear from and about you. You can get peer feedback on your music or lyrics, find people to co-write with, get answers to just about any music related question and promote yourself and your gigs on the appropriate boards. It's a very friendly place where nearly 20,000 of your peers hang out!

To register: (It's a separate registration from JPF membership):
http://www.jpfolks.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?action=agree
***************************************************
Just Plain Quotes:

"Never, in all our history of popular music, has there been such a plethora of composers - professional, amateur, alleged - as we have today. Responsible, of course, are those two fresh hotbeds, the coniferous cinema and the radio. The merciless ether - by unceasing plugging - has cut down the life of a popular song to but a few weeks, with the result that anyone who thinks he can carry a tune - even if it's nowhere in particular - nowadays takes a 'shot' at music-making." -George Gershwin, ranting in the New York World Sunday Magazine, May, 1930.

"The only place where success comes before work is a dictionary." -Vidal Sassoon

"In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these." -Paul Harvey

"There are so many tools out there that I think sometimes while collecting shovels people forget to dig the darned hole." -Brian Austin Whitney

My Take:

Hi Folks! We've finally turned over the ticker from 1. to 2. on our Just Plain Notes newsletters. In the past decades that I have been sending them out, so many things have changed while so many others are still the same. The big difference I notice is that no matter how many new tools, gadgets, widgets, web sites and technologies come along, they are always being replaced just about the time you are competent enough to get anything out of using them so people often start all over. The basic old school stuff never seems to change though and yet always seems to work.

So here's just a few old school nuggets I find never go out of style or usefulness:

1. Networking: Ah, that's become one of the most overused and misunderstood buzz words in the world. Everything is all about networking. I remember back in the 1990's when we first started seriously talking about networking, even then many people missed the point entirely. Networking is not about amassing names or contacts or web registrants or email list members or god forbid Facebook friends. Networking is about building a team of contacts whom you can help take a step forward and who can help you as well.
5000 Facebook friends mean nothing unless you actually KNOW all 5000 and you've met most of them face to face or you've spoken with them using more than a short text or email blast. Give me 50 real contacts who I personally know, who I have had a meal with, who I have had over to sleep at my house or sacked out on their couch over 5000 names on a list who I collect like key chains made in China from every tourist trap I pass by. And even if you really do know all 5000 of those people on the list, do you really speak to them all? Do you really know what is going on in their lives? Are you up to date on their music or their career goals or what might be holding them back at any moment? Sure, you may keep track of their successes, but that's like collecting trophies, it doesn't really help you win the next tournament. By the way, 5000 is actually a good number, but we'll get to that later.

Bottom Line: Don't confuse number collecting with networking, it's not the same thing. Know the differences and become a real networking machine.

2. The craft of performing and writing: There are so many tools out there that I think sometimes while collecting shovels people forget to dig the darned hole. More than ever, in this very tough economy and music business, the artists who put the most focus on their craft are doing the best. Lady Gaga (who we saw here in Paris last week) rose above being a solid but typical singer songwriter to the current Juggernaut of success. She's entertaining. She's the most interesting person in the room at all times. She's the queen of stage and performance craft and she also knows how to write a great pop song. The skills she uses were learned and perfected in ways available to each of you reading this. For songwriting, older, readily available books on the market are still quite helpful to learn the basic skill sets you'll need. You can also learn essential business concepts which will serve you well. Look for John Braheny and Jason Blume for starters on how to write a solid song. When it comes to performing, there is no substitute for seeing (and then doing) in person. Find out the local acts who are the biggest consistent draws in your area and go see what they are doing. Even if it isn't your genre, watch how they interact with and please their audience and how they keep the show moving and vary the dynamics to keep the audience engaged. Also note mistakes and missed opportunities. You don't have to mimic, though I doubt Lady Gaga has a problem borrowing ideas from others and then exploding them. I mention her because after seeing her perform here in Paris, I am convinced she has it all figured out about as well as a commercial artist can right now. Look her up on Wikipedia to see how many holes she's dug with every shovel she's ever come across. Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Gaga

Bottom Line: Old techniques and readily available tools can give you the same skill set that any current artist uses to succeed on radio, on stage and in the media today. Learn them and actually use them. Genre doesn't matter, successful skills and techniques are shared between all of them!

3. Trends: The music industry has always been about trends. Now people seem obsessed with what is "trending" on Twitter and the web in general. That's all well and fine, but the relevance to you is what is going to trend in the future, not what is trending now. Now is too late. So how do you know what will trend in the future? One approach I use is to go to the wonderful trend laboratory that is one of the large independent music sites such as CD Baby and do some research. Sure, 30 seconds isn't a lot, but when you find something so new and interesting that it causes you to search further for their work (or even buy it like we did in those old days) you may be hearing the next music trend as yet undiscovered. If it were me (and believe me over the years it has been and still is) I'd contact that artist directly, tell them what I thought and if things go well, start a new friendship. You can also, to a lesser extent sadly, still go out and look for it at live music clubs, but I'd take a big open mic (especially one that has bands as well as solo acts) each playing 1 or 2 songs, and sit back ready to hold your ears in horror at some, but also to pick up on what is really happening. So few of my active musician friends spend enough time listening to other independent artist's music or seeing other indie performers. They live in a shell and unless they come up with an unaided stroke of genius, it's awfully lonely in there. Nearly everything has been done more than once already, but trends aren't about inventing the wheel, they are about what necktie will be in fashion next week.

Bottom Line: What's next? You'll find it if you look and listen. And you don't need to copy, you need to find kindred spirits who will help you grow and with whom you can collaborate, mutually inspire, compete with and from whom you can stylistically steal. (After all, all music has been stolen over and over by more than just down-loaders).

4. Finally, as I said before 5000 is a good number. For the past 20 years I have been preaching to artists to build a fan base of 5000 lovers of your music and spend your time hyper serving them, replacing them with new folks as they come and go and stop worrying about being a "Rock/Pop/R&B/Rap/Country etc. Star." You can have 5000 Facebook friends, so use that tool to learn how to actually get to know 5000 people who LOVE what you do and keep them coming. If you have no fans today. Set a goal to find 10 new fans a week. At the end of the first year, you'll have over 500. I know artists who could live off that many fans. But all the hard things you learn to get to 500 will inform you how to get to 5000 and perhaps for some of you 50,000 or far more is in reach. As you begin to pass that magical 5000 number of REAL fans, you can start bringing on a team of people to expand your operation. If you are starting from scratch, you NEED to work hard enough to earn that first 500. Consider it like going to school. If you're already fortunate enough to have many more real fans than that, ask yourself if you know them well enough to have them over for dinner, or to be invited to their home to spend the night when you are on the road in a city or country far away. Those are REAL fans. I have walked this walk. It works. (And remember, the entire planet is your potential fan base).

Bottom Line: In this never before seen music world, those who claim to be your biggest fans are often the first ones to steal a free copy of your next album while they sip a 7 dollar coffee drink and use the free Internet to do it. But you really CAN make a living, even a great one, if you focus on the fans you have who REALLY care about you and your music and you stop chasing the rest. Then you can put all those media, networking, writing and creative skills to work making them happy, being your own boss and living the real dream while making the music you want to make on your own terms. If you have the talent and follow these simple ideas, success will come your way. Either way, we'll be cheering you on and here for you if you need help along the way.

Au revoir from Paris, France, September 30, 2012!

Learn, Succeed and Thrive. We're all in this together!
***************************************************
Table of Contents:

01. Support our Sponsors: It's a win/win/win!
02. Just Plain Folks finally has a Facebook Page!
***************************************************
2012 Just Plain Folks Community Partner Sponsors!

Disc Makers: Nobody makes CD or DVD manufacturing easier and no one delivers faster. When you need CD or DVD replication, short-run duplication, complete printing and packaging options, sturdy duplicators and printers, or affordable blank CDs and DVDs look no further. They've got it. They also now handle licensed merchandise for you (t-shirts, hats etc.). Mention you're a Just Plain Folks Member and get a $50 Discount off your initial CD Orders! Sign up for a free catalog and booklet on Mastering your Music, Achieving Success and the Fast Forward Newsletter at www.discmakers.com/jpfolks

TAXI: The world's leading independent A&R company, has been successfully helping Songwriters, Artists and Composers get their music heard and signed by top Publishers, Major & Indie Labels, and Film & TV music supervisors since 1992. TAXI, is your best bet! See them at www.TAXI.com.

CDBaby: The best place to sell your CD's or music files on line. They also have the best on-line hosting service called Hostbaby. Nobody else even comes close. See them at www.CDBaby.com and www.Hostbaby.com.
***************************************************
Just Plain Folks (Finally) Has a Facebook Page:

Okay, so I avoided it for a long long time. But I finally gave in and dipped my toe into the Facebook world. I barely have my own page and the JPF page is mostly a stub so far but I'd love to have you join us. And, anyone who considers themselves a Facebook expert, please help us out to build a nice community page there! Like the page or better yet, join us there! Here's the link:

Official JPF Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JustPlainFolks
***************************************************
Copyright 2012 Just Plain Folks Productions


Brian Austin Whitney
Founder
Just Plain Folks
jpfolkspro@aol.com
Skype: Brian Austin Whitney

"Don't sit around and wait for success to come to you... it doesn't know the way." -Brian Austin Whitney


#986261 - 12/01/12 05:22 AM Re: Sunday, September 30th, 2012 [Re: Brian Austin Whitney]  
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 18,016
Brian Austin Whitney Online content
Brian Austin Whitney  Online Content


Top 10 Poster

Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 18,016
Indianapolis, IN USA
Newsletter!


Brian Austin Whitney
Founder
Just Plain Folks
jpfolkspro@aol.com
Skype: Brian Austin Whitney

"Don't sit around and wait for success to come to you... it doesn't know the way." -Brian Austin Whitney



Support Just Plain Folks

We would like to keep the membership in Just Plain Folks FREE! Your donation helps support the many programs we offer including Road Trips and the Music Awards.


Membership
Join Just Plain Folks
to receive the free
JPNotes Newsletter!
*this is separate from
message board registration*

Newest Members
VanRamsey, Alex Berka, Simone, Taikoza, MikeontheMoon
20873 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Forums117
Topics116,369
Posts1,098,911
Members20,873
Average Posts Daily43
Most Online1,506
Mar 16th, 2017
Just Plain Quotes
"The soul of Just Plain Folks IS the people!" -Brian Austin Whitney
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays
Popular Topics(Views)
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0