A rockstar and some good advice

Todd Rundgren

Todd ain’t God………….but he’s close

Hellooooooooooooooo……

here …. listen and see TODD scale the Pyramid and make the dive at the end (actually dangerous)

I want to start blog #10 off with Todd Rundgren…obviously

He started in Philly in the 60’s – and so did daryl Hall – (they do both have a similar sound ) and they have sung together – They called it “blue eyed soul” and part of “the philly sound”. Either way you slice it….its great.

TODD took us to several different dimensions, from the first band NAZZ all the way to UTOPIA in the later 70’s. Its important to dig into the music and artistry that helped shape the sounds and artists of today. Along the short and young road of Rock/Pop music….we see how artists influence each other in the same time periods and same generations.

Axl Rose was/is a big Todd fan. Todd is one the those artists when you hear his early recordings you can hear brilliance in the making. One of the first songs he ever wrote ended up being his biggest hit “Hello Its Me”.

When you listen to the way his music changes and grows and develops all the way to the UTOPIA years, you can see how deep this man is as a Guitarist, keyboardist, engineer, writer and stage performer.

MAJOR TALENT his is, and the fact he has gotten the notice he deserves is very good to see. You can’t copyrigtht Titles. most folks know this fact. here’s two classics…. “I SAW THE LIGHT” Hank Williams 

“I SAW THE LIGHT” Todd Rundgren –

both classics – Here’s a track From THE Freddy Shehadi Band – New York City – 2007 AWAKEN

FREDDY’S “TIP LIST”

1) Work hard at it….then work harder at it

2) in the beginning find and create places to play your music – in general musicians are a bit fanatical about it – use this energy to your advantage – be willing to play anywhere, anytime and for anybody. As you grow into your artistry then become more selective on the venues you play, as you continue to gear your actions and energy to connecting with “your” audience. And i believe everybody who’s a good artist has one. NOTE: When you have reached a certain level, having a good manager is essential and will probably always be.

3) don’t concern yourself with who’s better than you and who’s making more money or who’s getting more girls (ha) – there will always be someone making and doing more than you and there will always be someone making and doing less than you – just go go go – and have the wind at your back

4) The Music business is a vast and colorful world, but it helps to know what you want to do. Depending on your goals and aspirations there will be a very “proven” set of criteria to use as a “rule of thumb” for finding success. For now let us define success as being able to make a living as a musician OR being able to make a living in some capacity within the music business.

5) I believe creating your own sound and style ( easier said than done ) but it is a good path to take and one of many paths. Trying to mimic and create the popular sounds that your hear on the radio today will prove most frustrating for the majority of musicians. Remember what you hear as “in fashion” today will be “out of fashion” very very soon. Just as technology has changed all the aspects of the music business ie. (music composition and production , the way royalties are calculated , the way music in bought (or these days NOT BOUGHT ) , the way music is listened to and appreciated etc.) The net result can be that you will end up 1) with no money 2) frustrated and jaded 3) void of having developed your own style and sound 4) feeling quite dizzy from spinning around try to find the latest and greatest of what’s in Vogue, just to arrive home without any energy to work. 5) having put in some time over a few years you’ve managed to creative more of an empty feeling inside than any actual satisfying music.

6) in regards to #5 – Let us take for example a person who wants to make records and sell them to fans. That person also wants to support the records by playing live shows and and other means of exposure. It would behoove this person to not chase to hard the pop flavours and sounds and gimmicks of the day. This is NOT to say one shouldn’t listen and take in what’s going on. Thats a good thing. But for the goal stated in this paragraph one should spend more time finding influences and creative aspects that inspire and inform the personalized music that is coming out of you. We all have our influences…..thats part of why I do the “thievery 101” sessions. But there is a difference between trying to be the next “Max Martin” and being a recording artist/performer. That being said if being the next Max Martin” is what you want , well that will be in another one of my “Music Tips!” More will have to be said onTIP#5.

Dr Luke

7) Don’t let the fact that technology makes it easier to create, sell and market music. . Again, there is nothing wrong per say with any of these things. But putting a few loops together and throwing them up for sale on itunes does not necessarily make you a musician. In some respect one could say it makes you a decent user of computers. Lets def not confuse these issues.

8) Understand that the best learning you may ever do is out on the street….not in a home recording studio, not in a pro-recording studio, but in the venues where real people are hanging out….where humans dwell and there are “heartbeats” in the room. A few points come in here a) when you get gigs it lights a fire under your ass….so you have to prepare well because most people don’t want to be on stage and feel like a fool and not be loved….or at least liked. That being said part of paying your dues is being on stage and really falling on your face. It has happened to every ROCK STAR who ever lived. If this happens to you you know you are heading in the right direction…..hey hey.

here are some other topics, questions and ideas we will look at over the next few blogs……

WHAT’S GOING ON OUT THERE IS THE MAINSTREAM OF POP MUSIC THESE DAYS ? SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER

1) STREAMING VS. DOWNLOADS VS RECORD SALES VS…..

2) RADIO AIRPLAY – IS IT AS IMPORTANT AS IT USED TO BE?

3) ARE “P.R.O.’S” (PERFORMING RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS) PAYING WHAT THEY SHOULD (especially now in the digital age)

WHY ARETHA FRANKLIN DOESN’T MAKE A DIME ON “RESPECT” ( THAT’S NOT RESPECTFUL! )

AND MORE…………

CIAO FOR NOW ALL YOU WONDERFUL PEOPLE!!




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