“12 Simple Ways to Be a Happier and More Productive Musician.” The title says it all. Check it out!

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Pursuing a career in the music business isn’t easy, nor is it for the thin-skinned. In fact, with all the challenges one has to face to get noticed, it can actually be pretty darn depressing. Here are 12 quick, simple tips that can help keep your spirits high and your focus bright!

Take a look at these profiles of successful musicians and learn about how they make the most of their practice time.

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“There are many paths an artist can take to reach their practice goals, and that’s why I’m interviewing some of my favorite, internationally touring musicians to find out about their routines, rituals, and what their personal practice philosophies (PPPs) are.”

Charles Burchell

How Successful Musicians Practice: Songwriters & Composers

US Review: MICHAEL TRACY “STILL GOT SOUL” from AnneCarlini.com

Title – ‘Still Got Soul’
Artist – Michael Tracy
In case you weren’t aware, it was early 2011 when Michael Tracy began his journey as a singer/songwriter, stepping on stage at a local open mic in Charlotte, NC, to nervously perform some songs he had just written.

He had spent his early 20’s in the Navy, stationed on both coasts and traveling to countries throughout the Mediterranean during his time in the military.

The open mic performance awakened something in Tracy and he continued honing his chops that first year, jumping on stages all over Charlotte and jamming with local musicians. Indeed, he went into the studio and recorded his first album, Enough Small Talk, which he released in November 2011.

Over the next two years, Michael put a band together and impressed audiences with his high-energy and soulful performances. Michael then returned to the studio and produced his next album Gonna Smile, which was signed by the indie label Spectra Records and released in February 2015.

After a falling out with his label, Tracy traveled to LA and recorded three songs with Los Angeles producers Bob Marlette (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alice Cooper) and Sahaj Ticotin (Ra) that would find themselves on his early-2016 release Love And Worries; a short collection of previously unreleased material.

Michael and Sahaj then got together in late 2016 (co-writing an original Holiday tune that Michael had been working on called “Poinsettia Red”) and at the turn of 2017, and having been inspired to start his own independent record label, Tracy’s next full-length album Still Got Soulwas born.

1. “Laughter”
2. “My Lisa”
3. “Still Got Soul”
4. “Call Me Wild”
5. “No More Waiting”
6. “Sweet Smile”
7. “Savannah Nights”
8. “Shake It”
9. “Hopeful”
10. “Raven”
11. “Poinsettia Red” – Bonus Track

The album features 11 tracks, inclusive of the aforementioned “Poinsettia Red” and will be released this upcoming November 17th, 2017 via Tracy’s very own label, the TW Music Group.

Listening to it today and wow, it’s like all roads traveled by Tracy, good, bad and ugly, led him to the storytelling section of his life just perfectly. Like a well worn troubadour, his work is of the highest, finest, rawest quality, not one lyric too much, not one sentiment not having been felt by us all at some stage.

His unique sound is rooted in gospel, rhythm & blues, rock, soul, and country, and that all comes through on Still Got Soul. From rockers such as “Laughter”, “Call Me Wild”, and the brilliantly perky “Shake It”, through the Southern nature of “Savannah Nights” and the heartfelt soul of “Still Got Soul”, on into the captivated yearns of “Hopeful”, the album is simply chock full of gems.

www.Michael-Tracy.com

Michael Tracy @ Facebook

 

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US Review: ACTING NATURAL “ACTING NATURAL” EP from AnneCarlini.com

Title – ‘Acting Natural EP’
Artist – Acting Natural
I case you weren’t aware, Acting Natural, fueled by a mutual interest in bringing back the authenticity of raw Rock & Roll music, lead singer & guitarist Eric Carnevale, bass guitarist/vocalist James David Maney, and drummer/vocalist Jesse Leonard have aligned their unwavering dedication to creating quality music with a signature sound.Their inspirations range from legendary artists of the past and present, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles, just to name a few. Acting Natural’s unique sound is focused on passion and solid musicianship.Acting Natural released their first single “Pairadice” and the response was incredible, reaching #1 on the Top 5 Most Added and reached #9 on the FMQB A/C Chart. This young trio, originally from Tampa, Florida, relocated to New York and have now brought out their wonderful self-titled Acting Natural EP.

1. ‘The One’
2. ‘Nicole’
3. ‘Pairadice’
4. ‘Bloom’
5. ‘Early Morning’
6. ‘Missed the Train’

Kicking off with some ’60s rock and pop throwback sounds on ‘The One’, they back that up with the more modern sounding ‘Nicole’. Then comes their first single, ‘Pairadice’ a fun, jaunty track, that’s packed by the harmonious ballad ‘Bloom’. The staggered gem ‘Early Morning’ is one of the best tracks on the EP, for my money, and then the album comes full circle with that distinctive ’60s sound combined with early ’90s indie guitars on ‘Missed the Train’.

www.ActingNaturalMusic.com

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Do you have a dedicated workspace for your music? Find out why that’s so important here:

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“Booking shows, ensuring everything is in order when it comes to copyrights, publishing, and licensing, writing blogs, creating YouTube content, and typing out all things social media will take hours every day, and those are the times when a separate work station will be helpful. If you need a little more motivation, here are a few reasons to create a space just for your music.” Click Here!

US Radio Airplay for the ACTING NATURAL track “THE ONE” on WMUC-FM College Park, Maryland

Playlists

Displaying playlist for Punk Punk Goose on 2017-10-21 22:00:00

# Track Artist Album / Comment
1 The Recovered Road To Al-Sham Anouar Brahem Blue Maqams
2 Halap Stefano Battaglia Pelagos
3 Erume Kondó David Virelles Gnosis
4 Ali’s Midnight Wish BangTower Hey, Where’d Everybody Go?
5 Lover Philippe DeBarge with the Pretty Things Rock St. Trop
6 Should i Harripaul new EP
7 Oh my goodness gracious! Planet Zero ~ local ~
8 Heat feat Ashi Miss Tara ~ 2017 single ~
9 Pierre Van Der Linden, “Spiritual Swung” Focus The Focus Family Album
10 Torn Wiccid By Design
11 Romy Haag (Matt pop mix) Data 2-Time
12 Talk Data Opera Electronica
13 Element of Surprise Cathedrale J2-B2
14 Back to earth Nik Turner Life In Space
15 Rockstone (Version) Native Meets Lee Scratch Perry Black Ark Showcase 1977
16 Glass Elevator HyeTension Virtual Ritual
17 My Lisa Michael Tracy s/t
18 the Secrets we hide Jack starr’s Burning Starr Stand Your Ground
19 Once before igo Johnny Mathis Johnny Mathis Sings The Great New American Songbook
20 that’s how i’m loving you James Warren Innocent Bystander
21 isolation (Live in Switzerland) the Warlocks Vevey
22 Everyday is halloween (Live in Canada) Ministry Toronto 1986
23 A Thousand Islands (instr) Mark Vickness Places
24 The One Acting Natural Acting Natural EP
25 Quick Joey Small (Live in Japan) Slaughter & the Dogs Tokyo Dogs
26 the Promise Black Death Resurrected The Return of the Iron Messiah
27 the Wretched Path Bound by the Grave Abuse of the flesh
28 Resistance Powerflo s/t
29 Suffer Act of War v/a – Warm Kids Frozen World (Split with Ratsmasher)
30 The Sweet Primroses Shirley Collins An Introduction To

 

 

 

 

US Radio Airplay for the MICHAEL TRACY track “MY LISA” on WMUC-FM College Park, Maryland

 

Playlists

Displaying playlist for Punk Punk Goose on 2017-10-21 22:00:00

# Track Artist Album / Comment
1 The Recovered Road To Al-Sham Anouar Brahem Blue Maqams
2 Halap Stefano Battaglia Pelagos
3 Erume Kondó David Virelles Gnosis
4 Ali’s Midnight Wish BangTower Hey, Where’d Everybody Go?
5 Lover Philippe DeBarge with the Pretty Things Rock St. Trop
6 Should i Harripaul new EP
7 Oh my goodness gracious! Planet Zero ~ local ~
8 Heat feat Ashi Miss Tara ~ 2017 single ~
9 Pierre Van Der Linden, “Spiritual Swung” Focus The Focus Family Album
10 Torn Wiccid By Design
11 Romy Haag (Matt pop mix) Data 2-Time
12 Talk Data Opera Electronica
13 Element of Surprise Cathedrale J2-B2
14 Back to earth Nik Turner Life In Space
15 Rockstone (Version) Native Meets Lee Scratch Perry Black Ark Showcase 1977
16 Glass Elevator HyeTension Virtual Ritual
17 My Lisa Michael Tracy s/t
18 the Secrets we hide Jack starr’s Burning Starr Stand Your Ground
19 Once before i go Johnny Mathis Johnny Mathis Sings The Great New American Songbook
20 that’s how i’m loving you James Warren Innocent Bystander
21 isolation (Live in Switzerland) the Warlocks Vevey
22 Everyday is halloween (Live in Canada) Ministry Toronto 1986
23 A Thousand Islands (instr) Mark Vickness Places
24 the One Acting Natural Acting Natural EP
25 Quick Joey Small (Live in Japan) Slaughter & the Dogs Tokyo Dogs
26 the Promise Black Death Resurrected The Return of the Iron Messiah
27 the Wretched Path Bound by the Grave Abuse of the flesh
28 Resistance Powerflo s/t
29 Suffer Act of War v/a – Warm Kids Frozen World (Split with Ratsmasher)
30 The Sweet Primroses Shirley Collins An Introduction To