Songwriters, the New Music Business, and Myths Musicians Believe

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Should venues be paying you for your talent? Are they taking advantage of you when they ask you to play for exposure? Maybe… but maybe not. At least give these ideas some thought.

2014-12-04 - mmonline-songwriters-and-mythsImage: Mickey Yeh  (yes, it’s me.. I liked the photo and I know I’m allowed to use it!) Continue Reading →

Love You Bold – song, video, and the pup

Songwriting Notes: keeping it simple

A have some wordy songs. Don’t get me wrong.. I like words (and words like me – as LA poet Jeffrey Martin says) But there are times simple is nice… and simple.

I wrote this song a few years ago. A rock/country cross-over tune with a simple riff and message. And the moment I wrote it, I LOVED IT! Earlier in the year, I was working with a vocal coach, Ross Chitwood – The Voice Box LA, and we were using this song. At one point, Ross said it was nice to work on a song that was fun to listen to. Continue Reading →

Highway – a song about reclaiming your dreams

A few of you have already heard this. This is an acoustic (mostly acoustic) recording of a song I wrote earlier this year. It is part of a collection of 12 songs I’m putting together for a CD project. The plan was to release it prior to the December. We are close. The goal now is early November.

Behind the Song

20141024_175944If you are like me, you may have found yourself pretty far down a road before realizing it had taken you off the road you wish you had taken. The song is less auto-biographical than broadly reflective. I didn’t leave a city and woman behind but while looking down across the lights of LA, I mused the idea of leaving it all behind. The first verse was born. Continue Reading →

Adding Rollover Buttons to your WordPress Website

ABSTRACT: A tutorial to teach you how to create image rollover buttons using CSS.

rollover buttons using cssI’m not going to teach you all about CSS and HTML elements here. I’m going to assume some knowledge; that you know what CSS is and that you know what a <div> tag is.

If not, go here.

A Summary of the Steps Needed to Create Rollover Buttons using CSS. More explanation below. Continue Reading →

Creating website buttons quickly using Microsoft Publisher VBA

File under: Automate Everything.

ABSTRACT: This is a simple explanation of how I use Microsoft Publisher to create web images – in this case buttons with a rollover effect. I’ve provided a downloadable publisher file with the necessary VBA code.

I’ll explain the CSS and HTML to make the rollovers happen at a later date.

The Cobbler and His Children’s Shoes

First, I should be automating a LOT more. My consulting company, Pulse Infomatics, automates documents, reports, and other stuff. I’ve been an automation fanatic for 25+ years (yeah, I’m that old). In fact, read my book, Building Your I.T. Career, and you’ll find that I suggest (strongly) that information technology has only two roles: Information & Automation. Automation is the one most often neglected in organizations and is easily the most valuable! Continue Reading →