It has been a while since I posted here on things I'm learning about this business. Not because I haven't been learning but I guess it hasn't been a priority. What's that? Yep... it hasn't been a priority for me. That's todays lesson.
Prioritize, organize, make a plan, work the plan and plan what to do when it succeeds or fails.
What is most important to you in your life? Me personally, I've set my priorities for life as Faith, Family and Music. The first…Continue
Added by Doug Briney on March 24, 2014 at 1:24pm — No Comments
I've been doing a lot of thinking lately, thought I'd throw this one out there. What does it take to transition from being a musician who plays mostly for free into one who plays medium venues and ultimately into one who fills stadiums? I am sure what I've come up with is NOT an all inclusive list and please understand I did this for my benefit to challenge myself, not to say that I know what it takes or to say I have arrived. I'm still playing a lot of free gigs and want to get to the…Continue
Added by Doug Briney on January 16, 2014 at 6:50am — No Comments
Today is my Birthday. Time to reflect on the past year for me. This time last year I was living in Anchorage, running my own business and Pastoring a small church I had started. I was singing out almost every weekend and my boys were beginning their 2nd year of wrestling at their Jr High. I had just signed a deal with Tate Music Group and was working on charting all the new music out for my project. My wife was happy working at her job and life was pretty good. For me I was beginning…Continue
This has been quite a week here at work. The place I work at has been run by a board of individuals who didn't know what we really do. The board tried to do what I would call a hostile takeover and push the founder out. Fortunately, he stood up and took the company back from the board. What that means to me, I am now managing the front counter of Jacob's Well Community Cafe. If you were not aware of it, I had my own coffee shop in Alaska so I am going back to something I know very well,…Continue
Added by Doug Briney on December 6, 2013 at 11:05am — No Comments
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Added by Doug Briney on November 9, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
This has been an incredible week and I feel tremendously blessed. The first thing that was unexpected was to get to attend the CMA Songwriters Series with Kaylyn Lowe. We had a blast, the writers were incredible, the venue was awesome and it truly inspired me to want to do much more with my writing. Thank you NU
Yesterday afternoon, I shot a message to NU Michael and the next thing I know, he asked me what my plans were for the evening. Pretty easy, Bible Study, a couple…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Doug Briney on October 29, 2013 at 2:41pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Doug Briney on October 9, 2013 at 1:26pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
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…
Added by Doug Briney on September 3, 2013 at 11:40am — No Comments
Help me out folks and give me a like. I'd love to perform for ya'll September 3rd. That day is already going to be special as it is my wife and I's 25th Wedding Anniversary, but what a way to celebrate! Give me a like and help me get into the performance slot.