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The NERFA Experience and the Emerging Artist

Each November for the last three years I have attended the North East Regional Folk Alliance (or NERFA) Conference in the Catskills of New York. I can honestly say that, as an emerging artist, it is the most fun you…Read more
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The Emerging Artist and the "Learner's Mind"

The other evening I went to an open mike in an area that I don't regularly frequent. in fact, I had never been to this open mike before and though there were a few faces I recognized most of the…Read more
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Defining "Success" as an Emerging Artist

I've been turning my mind towards the idea of what "success" really means as an emerging artist. Sure it's nice to win songwriting contests (and I know some friends of mine that have), but what does that really mean in…Read more
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One man's view of the process of songwriting

There must be hundreds of different ways to write a song and I've read a number of books and watched a number of videos and attended a number of seminars on songwriting and will probably continue to do so. I'm…Read more
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The "comparing mind" and the emerging artist

I recently had a fantastic gig at the Brooklyn Coffee and Tea Room in Providence, RI. I was one of three performers with the host Steve Allain doing some "warm up" music as the host. This was a true "listening…Read more
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A Music Festival to Remember

Last week I had the unique joy of participating in my first "Music Festival", specifically the Keene Music Festival in the college town of Keene, New Hampshire. Looking back now from the distance of a few days, I have to…Read more
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The Struggle Between Me and the Audience

I harbor a secret that I suspect many emerging artist themselves secretly harbor. I generally don't talk about it because I view it as a daily struggle. It tends to come to the fore particularly when I perform at a…Read more