Doug Briney's Blog – October 2013 Archive (6)

Writing

I'm learning more and more about writing.  It is fun, yet a big challenge for me.  A special thanks to NU for putting out the challenge and to Joseph Page for helping me get started.  I had the opportunity last week to talk to a gifted writer who shared with me some things that helped him.  I am looking forward to taking a class very soon.  Funny thing is as a Pastor for many years, writing is easy for me, but not when it comes to making the words match with a rhythm and meter.  I will be…

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Added by Doug Briney on October 29, 2013 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Lessons I'm Learning

Well... I've played this venue before here in Indiana, the last time, they rocked the promotion and so did I.  We had a full house.  Tonight, I showed up, I've been promoting the show on my FB page and webpage, but when I pulled in no cars, no fliers, nothing to show there was a show tonight.  I went in and checked in with the manager, the owner wasn't in. The manager said, "Oh ya, I wasn't sure if you were really booked tonight or not.  I talked with ____ the owner and he thought he booked…

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Added by Doug Briney on October 18, 2013 at 8:51pm — 1 Comment

Exposure Vs Money

I just agreed to drive to Indiana to do a free concert. Short notice, no pay, it will cost me a hotel and gas, so why did I do it? In short, it is great exposure and in front of the right audience for me. I will also have a merchandise table and someone to run it for me. Will it end up paying for itself? I hope so, but if not now, I do believe it will over time. I'm in this for the long haul and I feel like a sacrifice now, will add up to greater rewards down the road. If I do a great show for… Continue

Added by Doug Briney on October 11, 2013 at 7:54am — 4 Comments

Making a living

I am new to the music business. I have been singing my entire life but performing for the love of music and then trying to make a living at it are two very different things. I am also learning about writers and how difficult it is for them as well. We live in a fantastically connected world. Youtube, Facebook, Soundcloud, Reverbnation and the list goes on. One of my songs off my first album I did a simple little YopTube video for has received somewhere near 300,000 hits. One of the two writers… Continue

Added by Doug Briney on October 9, 2013 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Interview Question

A question that comes up a lot in interviews that I do.  "What advise do you have for someone trying to make music their career?"

I'm asked that enough, which by the way, I kinda think is funny because I'm just trying to figure this business out myself, that I thought I'd write a little blog on it. See if there is anything you might add.

First thing I think that is very important.  Hone your craft.  If you are a guitarist, then practice playing your guitar.…

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Added by Doug Briney on October 7, 2013 at 9:20pm — 1 Comment

Thoughts on Miley

Just like you, I’ve seen the pictures, read the opinions, blogs and what seems to be a never ending media blitz on Miley Cyrus and what she is and isn’t doing.  Up to now, I’ve been sickened, amused and like many dumbstruck at her recent behavior. 



I am a dad, Pastor and a musician.  So here are a few thoughts of mine on the subject, like them or not, agree or not they are my thoughts.



As a dad, I have four wonderful children.  My oldest…

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Added by Doug Briney on October 4, 2013 at 3:02pm — 2 Comments

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