Music in the pandemic

According to Nielsen, listeners streamed enough music between January and the beginning of July that total audio consumption (of which streaming represents 85%) was up nearly 10 points over 2019 for the year so far. This is a good thing for artists with large back catalogs. Yet many artists delayed releasing new music during theContinue reading “Music in the pandemic”

Behind the writing of “Bound”

In 2019, I wrote a song called “Bound”. My original concept was that when you are young you believe you can only accomplish your goals by being dedicated to a destination. You have to strive to reach a specific goal and, in doing so, you are “bound” to get there. I liked the concept andContinue reading “Behind the writing of “Bound””

New Album : Anatomy of a music project

Writing and recording an album is a laborious process. While the technology has certainly become better, easier to use, and very reasonably priced; the reality is the artist still needs to”do the work”. Here is a breakdown of the process and the timeline: Step one Write good songs. A song can come in a flashContinue reading “New Album : Anatomy of a music project”

The birth of a single: The story behind “Falls To Pieces”

Drummer Chad Wieland, bassist Ben Lindenberger and guitarist Jim Hansbauer have been essentially a power trio with invited guests on various tracks. At the beginning of 2020, the guys got together to start working on tunes for the 2020 album. The plan was to work on one song at a time and if they foundContinue reading “The birth of a single: The story behind “Falls To Pieces””

Soul Pigeon added to several Pandora algorithms

You can check out Soul Pigeon on any major streaming platform. Our friends over at Pandora have just placed us on several of their recommendation algorithms and we wanted to thank them for that!!! Great results so far. Please consider downloading Pandora and check out our artist profile And if you do visit our artistContinue reading “Soul Pigeon added to several Pandora algorithms”

Dissonance in Music

Think of your favorite song and I promise you it has some dissonance.  Dissonance is a somewhat “off-putting” feeling or sound that you experience in a song.   The only way dissonance works is that it resolves to something non-dissonant.  Music is just like life, it just simply can’t be all smooth and perfect. There isContinue reading “Dissonance in Music”

The rise of independent music

It’s very satisfying to be an independent artist. Artists can pursue their own path without any unwanted influences and publish it on their own terms. The independent artist is on a fairly level playing field with major recording artists. The rise of Post Malone is a great example of how an artist can produce theirContinue reading “The rise of independent music”

A good song: do the chords matter?

There are some truly brilliant songwriters out there who are coming up with amazing songs using the most basic chords out there. Musically, I like to hear something fresh and not the same three chords (I, IV, V).   There are a few songwriters that really deliver.  Paul Simon would be one songwriter that comes toContinue reading “A good song: do the chords matter?”