I see you...

...leaning towards that radio dial in your old car and hitting the scan button with high hopes for a song you didn't just hear two hours ago.

Hold it!

Alright...nice...and...slow...

Step away from the mainstream.

That's right. Now hand me the radio, very carefully.

(dramatic pause)

At which point, I shut it off and hand you a CD.

On it, you see names and titles like Ted Wulfers, Jack Salamander, Hannah Frank, Chicago Acoustic Underground, The Razor and Die Show, Aaron Williams, Mark Taylor, LASKA, and more.

"What's this?" You ask.

"Lots of great music you've never heard," I answer.

"Why isn't it on the radio if it's so great?" You inquire.

"None of it applies to the lowest common denominator," says I.

Look it up.

But, really all you have to do to understand "lowest common denominator" is listen to mainstream radio. Pay attention to the songs they bill as hits. Note the lyrical content, the chord progressions, the Millenial "aaahhs" and lack of lengthy story telling, or any story at all. Hear those constantly repeating lines so increasingly bland they blend into the background like a bad soundtrack?

That's what I'm trying to save you from.

If you want to be. If not, you're happy. May you remain so.

But there are others with similar opinions to mine. If you are one of them, read on. Join the tribe of music seekers. Let it happen the way it did when we were kids. Your friend turns you on to someone you've never heard of. You like it. You buy it. This has become easier than ever. Most of us enjoy sharing our love of something. So, do. Give some new music to a friend. If it's my music, I give you permission to spread it around freely. If you'd like to help support an independent musician's need for food, that's great, too. Read further and you'll find that there are some easy opportunities to do so.

First, I'd like you to go back to the top of this blog and write down those names and titles I mentioned. Done? Now, set your list aside and finish reading. But, when you're done here, go look them all up. When you find something you like, share with a friend, but offer a condition...you'd like your friend to introduce you to some music she or he thinks you'd dig. This is how our movement grows.

Just add ears.

And now...

Here's the deals:

In appreciation for years of making my living as a frontline musician and with that good ole holiday spirit in mind, I'm offering some deals on my stuff.

My 2009 release "Minutes To Circle" seems to currently be my most popular CD of the eight I've made. At least sales and responses from fans indicate that. I have no idea beyond that, so please do feel free to send your comments through my page here. It's always appreciated.

Through New Year's you can grab the "Minutes To Circle" CD for $10 with FREE SHIPPING and I'll sign it if you like. Free shipping is the main boost there, maybe signing it helps. You tell me.

But, what if you're enjoying this opportunity to join the movement away from the mainstream music market and just have to share your new found tastes?

Pick up two, three, four, or five copies of this full band album and the price keeps getting smaller while the shipping remains free. To the point where if you snag five copies, you pay $30 total, or only $6 per CD.

And yep, I'll sign 'em all if ya like.

Here's the button to order with, but you're going to want to keep reading.

 

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I'm in the process of writing the 2nd Edition of my book:

"The Outback Musicians' Survival Guide"

It's a series of whimsical and informative stories, articles and anecdotes that reflect on life as a frontline musician, as seen by this 30 year veteran of the independent music world. I was Indie and DIY before it was called either.

As I continue to add to my book, revamp parts of it, reformat the layout, find better pictures or clean up the ones I've got, and generally make it all ready for a proper ebook and paper publishing, I have an idea.

Hit the donate button on my homepage. Send any amount that's a dollar or more. In the notes with your donation, punch in the word "Outback" and I'll send you a PDF version of the book as it sits at the time of your donation. This means you'll get the First Edition of the book with whatever new material has been added and any new formatting that's occurred. Nothing has been removed except the pictures. You can see many of them on my various sites anyway. You'll not only get a new non-linear scannable read about the music business from the real world, but you'll have a totally unique version of it! I make regular changes to it. So, it's pretty likely that no two people will have the same version. But just to make sure, I'll label each PDF copy in the title page with your name. It will be your personal copy with my thanks. Or, if you buy it for someone else, I can label theirs. Just clarify when you pay.

Aw, hell. Here's one more option. I'm really digging this.

I not only write, record, perform, produce, and massively enjoy music--

I teach it in many forms. Here's just a taste:

I've been coaching guitarists and vocalists for a couple decades. Along with this and giving the occasional full band a brush up session, I've helped many songwriters get going in their craft.

Interested in a little online session in one of these areas? Hit the donate button here on my homepage. Send $5 or more. Write the word "Coach" in the info field, along with how to contact you online. I'll spend 30 minutes working with you via live video feed. We can sort out details beforehand so the actual live time is well spent. And, if you're a guitarist, I'll send you what I've got so far for my guitar instruction book! It's very much in its infancy, but hey! Take every resource you can find.

I really enjoy what I do. I'd call it work, but I don't want to degrade it, ha. There's something pretty great about looking at your life when you're twenty and deciding you'd like to make a go of this music thing, and then looking around thirty years later and realizing you still are. That's literally what happened to me. I just started one day long ago...and haven't stopped.

It's been the outside thinkers, the original listeners, the folks who tire quickly of the daily repeats, the ones who appreciate the arts for more than a minute, the people like you--that have given me this gift. I'll continue to do my best to keep bringing it back to you.

Thanks for joining the movement away from the mainstream music industry.

Here's hoping we find more converts.

Peace, love and music.

-Phil

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