Composer becomes direct publisher: An interview with Amy Gordon

Lauri had an in-depth chat with Lister composer Amy Gordon, who has recently launched a fully functional store on her website. You can peruse and listen to her compositions as well as purchase as many copies as you need. It’s beautifully built, well-designed and an excellent example of how musicians can take sales into their … Read more

What are you willing to REALLY reach for?

There’s something about being a musician that makes some people feel helpless, like luck is everything. Quasi-proverbial clichés like “it’s who you know…” and “opportunity knocks” can be misinterpreted as reality checks, and can often feel like slaps in the face. But they should really be calls to action. If you know what you want … Read more

New Music Is the New Black

(or perhaps the canary in the mine?) Hi, tenor Nathan Granner here. I’ve been singing opera and classical music professionally for over 25 years and producing live shows, tours, recording albums for around 15 years. I’ve seen a lot in my day! Here are some of my thoughts. I’ve been so crazy these past months … Read more

Making it easy to bring music into life

You may know that I’m a big fan of Jason Kottke and his blogger buddies. They’ve been exploring the phenomenon of “book playlists”, i.e. suggestions for listening while reading specific titles. I’m truly fascinated by the way people use music in their daily lives, especially when it extends beyond the mindless filling of random silence. … Read more

Volunteering as career strategy

It’s the thing that pros are never supposed to consider, yet sometimes they do — for their own good reasons. Why would you volunteer your time and energy, and what could you get out of it? If you choose carefully how you fill the gaps in your calendar, you’ll find opportunities for growth you may … Read more

Entitlement and worthiness

We see a lot of entitlement in the arts:  people who have been told, probably many, many times, that their talent is exceptional, and that their career is at hand. Support is a good thing, but when it is not combined with a person’s own hard work and humility, it can become a toxic force that … Read more

A single affirmation can reveal your own truth

Most of my private clients know how much affirmations have helped me and so many of the artists I’ve worked with. While this practice, for some, smacks of Pollyanna thinking or crystal-fueled hokeyism, it is simply a practice that can retrain thinking and increase focus.  And for those who practice affirmations regularly, it works, not … Read more

Selling in

A little thought from Seth Godin’s recent post: “I’m not selling anything” Of course you are. You’re selling connection or forward motion. You’re selling a new way of thinking, a better place to work, a chance to make a difference. Or perhaps you’re selling possibility, generosity or sheer hard work… If you’re not trying to … Read more

12 reasons to become an Associate Member

As 2017 comes to a close, we’re offering our annual to-do for Black Friday:  starting Thanksgiving evening and extended to midnight on Cyber Monday, we’ll offer very special, never-again-available deals on Lauri’s List memberships, advertising, services, and coaching.  It’s a most excellent time to invest in yourself as an artist, and in your community, and … Read more

%d bloggers like this: