Why Write an eBook?

It’s not true that everything that has been said has already been written. Since that unfortunate axiom came into use, the whole universe has changed. Technology has changed, ideas have changed, and the mindsets of entire nations have changed. The fact is that this is the perfect time to write an ebook. What the publishing industry needs are people who can tap into the world as it is today – Read More

How To Make It In The Music Business, 4 Important Factors

Important Note: This is not one of those guides with no substance that says “Work hard and you’ll achieve it”. Have a read to see what I feel you need to give yourself the best chance of success in the music industry. If you find it helpful, please share with other musicians and band members. Making it in the music industry isn’t an easy task at all. If anyone’s ever Read More

Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer)

Artist: Bessie Smith Album: Essential Bessie Smith “Any bootlegger sure is a pal of mine,” blues singer Bessie Smith declared in her 1928 recording “Me and My Gin,” and in the last several years of her life, she was intimately involved with one. Recorded a few months after Prohibition formally ended, “Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer” bustles into the party and immediately commands attention. It features an Read More

Knockin’ a Jug

Artist: Louis Armstrong Album: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man When Pops met Tea: This was Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden‘s first recorded encounter, and by some historical accounts one of the earliest meetings of black and white musicians documented in a studio. The session came about at the behest of the young banjoist and guitarist Eddie Condon, after an all-night party welcoming Armstrong back to New York City. Condon Read More

Black and Tan Fantasy

Artist: Duke Ellington Album: Early Ellington: The Complete Brunswick Recordings (1926-1931) The black-and-tan drink existed when Duke Ellington recorded what would become one of the most frequently performed Ducal standards, but the connotation here is racial — a reference to speakeasies that permitted or even encouraged interracial mingling. Driven by trumpeter and co-composer Bubber Miley’s spellbinding performance, Ellington’s composition captures the strange, ominously dreamy atmosphere of 1920s decadence; in retrospect, Read More